The fear of another can cause you to make many sloppy mistakes. When you become more concerned with the better player than you are for how you are playing. Your defeat is more assured as well as the long lasting psychological affects of the defeat. Which was made worse through your own unprepared and undisciplined mind.
Prior to the game. Improve your power and speed. Improve the perfection of your skills. Improve your ability to focus and your ability to pay attention to the details. This is the best you can do. So do the best you can do.
Even if the predictions are that you wont score even a single point. Score that point and then the next. In doing so. You have attained victory by doing that which was formerly impossible for you.
99.9% of every game played is spent in the gym, on the track, in the pool, in your study of the game,your meditation on game play, Your perfected perfection of the game and your love for the game.
Musings of an American Truck Driver