Fedal Rift Emerges at Australian Open

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=ap-australianopen

“No, I totally disagree,” he said in comments translated from Spanish. “For him it’s good to say nothing. Everything positive. ‘It’s all well and good for me, I look like a gentleman,’ and the rest can burn themselves.

“Everyone is entitled to have their own opinions.”

“He (Federer) likes the circuit. I like the circuit,” Nadal said. “It’s much better than many other sports but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be better. It doesn’t mean there are some things about the tour that could change. The tour is fine, but there are some things that are bad. That’s all we’re saying.

“And the vast majority of players have this same opinion. He’s got a different opinion … if the vast majority have one opinion, and a small minority think differently, maybe it’s them who are wrong.”

“I love the game and there’s a lot of things I’m grateful for. The game has allowed me to lead a fantastic lifestyle,” he said. “But to finish your career with pain all over your body, is that a positive? No.

“Maybe (Federer) has got a super body and he’ll finish his career like a rose. Neither myself, nor Murray, nor Djokovic are going to finish our careers like a rose.

“Tennis is an important part of my life, but it’s a tough sport. We’re not like him where it’s effortless to play. All of us, it’s a battle.”

Nadal said his knees, hips, back and ankles were prone to soreness because “every year the ball flies quicker, there’s more intensity. The surfaces are hard.”

Just a short while ago I made a post called Nadal brings up two year ranking system AGAIN. Well Nadal is at it again. At first I thought I won’t take sides because that is what a biased fan would do, but then I remembered just how different the mindsets of Roger and Nadal is. I outlined it in the post above. It comes back to the fact that Nadal is looking out for his own interests, while Roger is looking out for the interests of others. Of course Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray wants a reduced schedule because of their taxing game styles. Nadal claims that the majority of players agrees with him and therefor he must be right. But what about the players who is not a top pro and doesn’t have a voice? Do they want the same? I doubt it. For the players who are struggling to get to the top many events is a good thing.

They want to play a lot so they can rack up those rankings points and break into the top ranks. I think it’s selfish from Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray, who will live in luxury for the rest of their lives, to only think of themselves. Who the hell cares if they finish their careers with pain all over their bodies? Did they ever think of the players who struggle and never make it? The players who dedicated half of their lives to tennis and ends up empty-handed? Nadal claims that he loves the game and that there is a lot of things he is grateful for. Really? It is hard to believe when all you ever hear is his whining. I mean tennis has turned him into a legend in many people’s eyes(not mine) and he will live like a king for the rest of his life. Yet we always get the message that he only plays for personal glory and that he doesn’t care about others.

With Roger on the other hand you always get the feeling that he cares about others and the sport as a whole. It’s not his fault that he plays an effortless game, is it? Roger wouldn’t mind a reduced schedule either if it was just up to him. I mean he plays a reduced schedule anyway. But he realizes it is not just about him, and it doesn’t look good for the sport when the top players complain. Nadal’s words makes it look like Roger is one who doesn’t care. How strange. It looks like he is trying to project his own flaws on Roger to make him look bad. Nadal’s tone doesn’t sound very good at all. I wonder what this will do to the Fedal relationship. Nadal feels because he has the backing of Djokovic and Murray that he can basically insult Roger. It seems like a low blow to me. Roger has always been nice and respectful to Nadal even though he has suffered crushing defeats at his hands.

I’ve always thought that Roger is a bit too nice to Nadal. Maybe this will wind him up a bit and he will have less mercy should they meet in the semis in Melbourne. I also find it funny that Nadal says the ball is flying faster every year, when conditions have slowed down so much recently. Maybe he should ask for faster courts so that the points will be shorter and his body will take less of a beating. But of course that doesn’t suit his agenda. He should be thankful to the ATP that he is playing in an era where the conditions suits his game style. In the 90’s he would have struggled to win any major outside of the French Open. But no, he would rather whine about how terribly difficult his life is, while 16 000 children starve to death every day all over the world. I’m sorry Mr. Nadal, but I have no mercy for you. You are an embarrassment to the sport that made you a star.

Ps. I haven’t even mentioned that Nadal plays exhos and non mandatory events to serve his own greed for money. If the schedule was really a problem for him he would clearly not play these events.

Update: Above it looks like Nadal implies that Djokovic supports his view when he says that neither him nor Djokovic, nor Murray will finish their career like a rose. Well take a look at this:

Q.  Given what you did, where you took your body to last year, two weeks doesn’t seem like very long to kick back a little bit.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  It is what it is.  It’s the same for all of the top players, especially the ones who are playing at the World Tour Finals in London and the Davis Cup as well.  Obviously the schedule is like that.  You have to adjust to it and you have to take the best out of it.

To be honest, I even felt that I had quite a lot of time in the off‑season comparing to the last two years.  But, you know, in 2012, for the first time after a long time we’re going to have two weeks shorter season, which is going to give us more time to I guess rest and prepare better.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2012-01-14/201201141326521985467.html

Not even the player who had the most grueling season of everyone last year is whining. Only Nadal…

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52 Comments

  1. How rude. There goes all his so-called respect for Roger. If he really respected him, he would put his opinion across in a much more civil manner. What a jerk!

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  2. ..I couldn’t believe it when i first read the news!!! o.O
    I agree with you that roger has always been very kind and respectful to nadal, but till today i thought that respect was mutual!! that means he (nadal)just acted all the time..how sad!
    i think nadal is frustrated by what happened last year and is simply looking for somebody to blame: he started quarreling with his uncle (thing that i thought to be beyond possible), criticised djokovic for his imitations, complaining about the rankings and the surfaces (they are clearly slowing down and he keeps saying the balls go faster and faster every year..!!) and now it’s Roger’s turn..

    It’s easy to be nice to everybody when you win, the difficult thing is to be respecful when things don’t always go your way!!

    You have a long way to go, mr nadal! you can be a good tennis player, but champions are another thing!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yup, the real Nadal is coming out now that the chips are down. Everyone can see what a farce his ‘humbleness’ is. He has a massive ego.

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    booya719 Reply:

    We’ve always known Nadal’s humbleness was a farce. Every time he wins he has the same scripted line: “Well it was a really tough match no? I beat a great player and I wish him the best of luck for the season.” How many times have we heard Nadal say “best of luck for the rest of the season” to a player after he beats him. Nadal is rolling his eyes every time he says it. “I just kicked your ass” is what he is really saying in the back of his mind.

    The difference with Roger is that he always speaks his true mind, unscripted. He may come off as arrogant but Roger is always honest and he puts his true self out there. He never says the same things in interviews like Nadal does and Roger is always outspoken. Roger always tells it like it is.

    As far as Nadal’s argument about who is right or wrong about this schedule issue, I don’t think this is an issue which has a right or wrong side or can be determined overnight. It’s a matter of personal preference and it depends on your playing style and game style.

    You would need more players weighing in as well as tournament directors, sponsors, and all the such. It would take a long process to determine which tournaments should go, which tournament should stay. You can’t just say “scrap 2 months of the season now” as Nadal is basically calling for.

    Shortening the schedule requires a long term plan and a lot of re-arrangement of tournaments if you want to shorten the season. They’ve already shorted the year by 2 weeks which is a small difference that effects no tournament slots. It’s a start at least and yet Nadal is still whining because he wants it changed instantly. When he was young in his late teens and early 20s he didn’t complain. Now he’s older and his body is more injury prone, he starts whining and wants something to suit his needs as his circumstances change.

    Nadal has always been selfish and has always supported things that favor his own personal gain and wants things that improve his chances of winning. A short schedule favors Nadal immensely thus his support for it. Maybe Djokovic and Murray want shorter schedules too? Nadal’s opinion has nothing to do with the other players like Djokovic and Murray. Nadal supports this because of his own personal interest.

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  3. It seems Nadal really can’t keep his mouth shut.

    I never liked his game style, nor his attitude but then again I tried to be fair: maybe the guy doesn’t know how to cope with the media given how bad he speaks other languages.
    But this new exploit is utterly disgraceful. I can’t even recall how many subversive comments he made during the last 12 months: was it at Wimbledon where he diminished the great champions of the past? was it in America where he almost pulled out a strike with his buddy Murray (another one who can’t seem to «let the tennis do the talking» in the long term)?

    Now he dares attacking Federer in public by saying that «maybe (Federer) has got a super body and he’ll finish his career like a rose» and that «we’re not like him where it’s effortless to play. All of us, it’s a battle», pushing on the misguided perception of Federer as arrogant and egoistical.
    Apart from the fact that what he says is wrong (Fed’s game appears «effortless» be certainly it isn’t for who plays it), Nadal is so clumsy as to say it just after Federer injured his back! I can understand he plays the whining little and mistreated boy just because he’s always had a Feder-complex of inferiority, but if he only did it the right way!

    I really hope that Roger doesn’t respond to these comments, it would be bad for him to mingle with the like of Nadal’s. But I most definitely wish we could have a match between a 30-year-old Fed and a 30-year-old Nadal to see who’s the better player at that age: Nadal only has to blame himself for his injuries – that’s what you get when you push it too far for too long on the court. And by also pushing it too far off the court he might finally show the world the lowlife specimen that he is.

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    Lucille Reply:

    I hope he will respond ..on court! I notice that he is less ‘determined to win at every cost'(I don’t know the appropriate expression in english) when he is playing someone he respects and looks up to! maybe now we’re going to see a new era of their rivalry..but in the end is too soon to draw any conclusion..I guess we have to wait and see!

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  4. Nadal was nice to RF when he was beating him on a regular base, but he got “humbled at the hands of the master” in London, and this took a toll on the sympathy he had for RF. Now he is all ugly out there, may there be other beatings to come!

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  5. My my isn’t that a huge splash of green jealousy, I find his comments truly ridiculous. How can one expect Roger to comment when he cleverly takes breaks in between to recover. His statement is very immature indeed almost sore loser.

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  6. A couple of years ago the former Swedish pro Jonas Bjorkman said while commentating a tennis match on television that he considers Nadal is “two-faced”, and that “he (Nadal) shows only respect to Roger Federer but not to any other players in the locker room”. Bjorkman added that Federer is a “class act” and “is in every sense the gentleman he shows he is to the public”. Well, we know that about Roger, but it appears that we are increasingly seeing the true face of Nadal.

    So the tour should be changed to suit the requirements of players who abuse their own bodies, like the drug-infused Spaniard, and Roger should support that rather than keep his own counsel? Yes, that is indeed classy of you, Mr Nadal.

    I have never heard a great player of the past complain that the tour should be changed to suit the way they play, or even to protect their bodies. They played whatever surface they were required, and if they got injured that was bad luck – or inadequate fitness. You see, they respected the traditions of the game. As Roger does.

    Apart from seeing Roger conclude his magnificent career with yet more inspiring achievements my hope is to see the Spaniard and his chemical cohorts exposed for the frauds they are. Of course the excuses will be there. “Tainted beef”, indeed. Perhaps Roger’s silence says more than first appears.

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  7. Very interesting post, Ruan.
    I d’ like to add some thougths of my own.
    « Everyone is entitled to have their own opinions » says Nadal, and at face value their seems to be nothing wrong with that opinion because we all want to be allowed to use our brains and – if slightly possible – draw independent conclusions. Having an independent thought has been surely the driving motor behind the technical and scientific evolution of our occidental society, but are we in this society, in the organisations to which we belong, « entitled » or assumed to give our opinion in any circonstances ?
    It is my conviction that it is only proper to give your opinion when your invited to do so, as it is for instance the case on this blog, where we’re free and in some way encouraged to give and express our thoughts. But it is very inappropriate and not at all innocent to give your opinion whenever you’re not asked to do so, especially when it is a negative opinion on someone.
    So my question is who has invited Nadal to give his opinion on the tour and particularly on Roger Federer ? What’s Nadal’s authority ? Is he the new king of the tour ? As i’ve said it before on this blog, I consider Nadal and Djokovic not as legitimate occupiers of the top spot, mostly because they did not have the « kairos » to wait for their own moment of glory and because they don’t respect the spirit and the rules of tennis as much as Roger does.
    That’s why I hope from the bottom of my heart that Roger will be able to rectify his honor and nullify the damage Nadal is inflicting on him, by beating him on the tenniscourt as soon as possible, preferably in slam context.

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  8. Nadal is a hypocrite and very envious of Roger’s status.He’s nice infront of Roger and the international press where he can speak his ultra humble style of praising the GOAT while the true is he’s incapable of speaking basic english(Dumb A-hole).The truth will come out and while being interviewed by a Spanish reporter he let his real green jealous bastardo personality emerge.Roger is well-loved by many because of his politeness,class and genuity.He’s a real deal kind of guy unlike the 3 masked guys Nadal,Djokovic, and Murray who can be compared to weeds when the rosy Federer is around ;-) .

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  9. It’s always been a bit of a joke how Nadal fans and some of the journos/commentators who love him say (or imply) that Nadal never loses unless he’s injured/too tired/sick. But now it appears that Nadal himself believes this.
    “There must be something wrong with the tour if I am getting owned all the time, no?”
    He just can’t accept that the jig is up and the gimmick he used to win has been exposed and will no longer work.

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  10. Roger is thinking about the entire tour not just himself.ATP. has made significant changes for Nadal even going as far as to alow down the courts to better suit his game.The slowers courts are injurying the players not the schedule.
    Every change Nadal suggests hurts everyone but himself, is incredible selfish.
    Nice to know that Nadull is getting desesperate.
    Don´t waste time in this guy, just ready for little
    sleep and zombie-like days, love the AO.sleep deprivation time, all worth it though to see Roger work his way through,GO ROGER!!!

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  11. What a little Lord Fauntleroy Nadal is proving to be, a spoiled, pouty little boy-king who throws his weight around and abuses the privileges accorded him by his status.

    His sense of entitlement is limitless: wanting more clay tournaments, wanting a two-year ranking system so his clay-court points for two years will count extra (making it harder for young, up and coming players to break through), wasting his opponents’ time with injury timeouts and his pre-match rituals in the locker room.

    Federer loves the sport and never fails to express his gratitude for what the game has given him and for being fortunate to make a living doing what he loves; I have never seen any indication that Nadal appreciates his good fortune. When he opens his mouth, it’s to demand more, more, more.

    He makes millions of dollars hitting a ball in a world where 95% of humanity toils ceaselessly with their hands to make a meager living. At 24 he waltzed his way to a crown that Agassi and Federer only won in their late twenties after years of bitter suffering and striving.

    The value, the meaning, of all of this is lost on him. He doesn’t appreciate how good he’s got it, or how many people work so hard and never achieve even a fraction of what he accomplished.

    And the jealousy of Federer expressed in those comments! As I said, it’s just like Salieri hating on Mozart for having God-given gifts.

    He and his team must have thought they were free and clear after 2010–the plan was that Nadal would win at least three majors a season for the next few years, possibly a calendar slam, and easily surpass Federer’s Grand Slam record. Then he could be crowned as the GOAT and get all the adulation and money and shiny trophies that go with that status.

    Then “gluten free” Djokovic shows up and gives them a reality check. Suddenly Nadal is powerless against an opponent who dominates him in six finals, two of which were Grand Slam finals. He’s knocked back to where he was in 2006-07: a clay-court specialist in the shadow of a #1 player who dominated on all surfaces. And he doesn’t like it one bit.

    For all his fans’ bragging about his mental toughness, it increasingly appears he lacks the resilience of spirit and strength of character to handle losing with equanimity and good grace. He’s like a bully who’s fine as long as he can push everyone around, but once someone pushes back, starts crying and complaining to teacher.

    I make this prediction: if Nadal ever loses a final at Roland Garros, we’ll see a public tantrum to make Hingis’ famous breakdown pale in comparison.

    Nadal’s on the verge of blowing a gasket, and it won’t take much to make him lose it completely.

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    booya719 Reply:

    I agree about Nadal getting to the end of his career. I wrote before that for Nadal it’s all about winning and nothing else. He’s not going to stick around in tennis if he keeps losing all his finals. Losing a Roland Garros final would really be the nail in the coffin because that’s his last stand where he has never lost a final.

    Nadal is going to give it another go this year, but if he goes slamless or goes on to be 0-12 vs Djokovic or something, then I really believe he will retire and go into soccer or just plain quit tennis and do whatever he pleases with his time.

    As Ruan said Nadal will live the rest of his life like a king. That being said, Nadal is just not the type of man who can be satisfied and continue on if he’s losing his finals. Roger on the other hand has gone 2 years without winning a slam, and his love for the game keeps him coming back to try again. I’m not sure if Nadal has the same resolve to endure 2 years of losing and come back in 2013 to try again if he is not successful in 2012.

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  12. its funny for nadal to say that “Maybe (Federer) has got a super body and he’ll finish his career like a rose. Neither myself, nor Murray, nor Djokovic are going to finish our careers like a rose.”
    Nadal said his knees, hips, back and ankles were prone to soreness because “every year the ball flies quicker, there’s more intensity. The surfaces are hard.”
    This is really absurd given that all the surfaces have been slowed down very much over these years.
    Nadal does not have any right to say that the atp tour must be shortened because he almost plays all the tournaments himself. OF COURSE any human will feel tired if he plays close to the amount of what Nadal plays and its he who is putting his body under pressure and I think he does not want to be owned anymore and he is bringing out his anger of a frutrating 2011 and the atp and indirectly insulting Roger

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  13. I think Nadal’s true colors are finally coming through. Who does he think he is making comments towards and about Federer? What a weak-minded fool!I really think the ATP should tell him to be quiet or suspend him and Federer should not justify himself by even responding to this dolt. If Nadal wants a shorter year play only the required minimal tournaments, no exhos. Wait? That would mean that Nadal would make a couple of million less,can’t have that happen. I can’t stand Nadal, wasn’t this guy the symbol of strength in the tennis world at one time. Sore loser.

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  14. As a Fed fan i held a huge respect for Nadal coz he was really nice to Fed and vice versa

    but after a spring of defeats to Novak,,,,,Nadal has really become Bitter and Sore

    he could have just said “Difference of opinion” but instead he makes a Gutter level comment about Roger mocking his “Effortless play” and all that vile retirement comments

    SERIOUSLY NADAL ? how can you STOOP so low ?

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  15. Greetings to you, Ru-an. Many comments made on Nadal’s outrages charges against Roger, express mine. He sounds angry, jealous, most unprofessional to boot….we see the real Nadal before us. My question is, why is he doing this just before the AO?

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    Sarsay Reply:

    Maybe he brought this out now because he got angry since they put him on Hisense Arena, while Federer is on Rod Lever for their first round matches. LOL!

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  16. I believe Federer is looking at the interests of all the players, regardless of ranking, since most people make a living out of Tennis by playing as many tournaments as they possibly can in this scheduling….if any changes are really needed, they can think about making less number of Masters 1000/500 tournaments mandatory, i.e. one less what what the ATP currently has set-up. In that case, players can choose not to play certain tournaments so they can rest and be fit for the other ones.

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  17. If any changes are needed…
    Well, they could provide a better protection of all the players that are investing in a sports career by changing the actual distribution of the price money of the tournaments and make it a bit more equitable for the less talented players. The gap between the one who wins a tournament and the one who loses in the first round, is to me way to big.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Exactly Wilfried. It’s all about distribution. This is of course a reflection of the capitalistic society we live in. The rich get richer and the poor gets poorer. It is just designed that way.

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    Wilfried Reply:

    The rich get richer and the poor gets poorer… a phenomenon that’s also called simply the Matthew effect; I am not sure if this effect applies also in tennis, but anyhow the distribution of the price money doesn’t seem very fair to me.

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  18. Good article. I agree with you.

    But basic grammar things, you need to get understand when to use “is” and when to use “are”. Plurality matters! I only say this because I like your posts and would like see the made even better :-)

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  19. Wow! Ru-an, this post’s popularity just might overtake your “dedicated to my readers” post – so much indignation directed to the humble bull!! I guess most Fed fans here are sort of anti-Nadal which is understandable especially after this interview. I agree mostly with all commentators here. Nadal is still a child basically as he never had a chance to develop normally, growing up in an environment of overbearing and protective uncle and parents. All his complaints and especially those in 2011 is, I believe, a result of not being able to handle losing. He’s always held Roger in awe because of how Roger plays and how Rog conducts himself; and Nadal knows in his heart of hearts that the skewed H2H is PURELY because of forehand spin to 1 handed back hand match up. Nadal has always felt inferior to Roger. Now with all these losing and his body giving way, the weakness in his character and his deep-seated inferiority feelings towards Roger come out in full strength. His comments are so childish, classless and pathetic. I wouldn’t pay too much attention to it. As this is stooping so low, I really hope Roger will be class enough NOT respond to this and ignore this completely and let his racket do the talking; ideally by beating Nadal in Semi-final. If Roger responds, he would be sort of putting himself in the same low class as Nadal. So, common, Roger, the sulky little bull is not worth your attention at all; just smack him, OK??!!

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    steve Reply:

    Federer is a magnanimous fellow. If he’s asked about this by the media (and he surely will be), he will put the kindest and most charitable interpretation on Nadal’s remarks and promptly put the controversy to bed.

    I don’t think Nadal’s comments will really bother him. At most, it might puzzle him, because resentment and jealousy are foreign to his nature. He might even take it as a compliment, at least that part about ending his career like a rose.

    I think Nadal idolizes Federer to the point that he wants to BE Federer.

    To be his idol, he has to break Federer’s records, and that’s what drives him. He doesn’t play tennis for himself but to escape from himself.

    If your goal is to become someone else, it follows that you must not like yourself very much. That’s a sad way to live.

    The way Nadal is talking, it’s as if he’s saying that what he’s done is meaningless if he can’t overtake Federer. And that’s ridiculous for someone who has accomplished as much as Nadal has. If he quit tomorrow, he’d still go down as one of the all-time greats.

    If Nadal goes into his trophy room and sees 10 majors and the Career Slam and an Olympic gold and thinks “This is all just trash, because it’s still not as much as what Federer won,” that’s awful.

    Federer’s one of those extremely rare people who is fully comfortable with himself. He’s living his life, not trying futilely to live someone else’s life (as so many of us do).

    For Federer, it’s just about the tennis, enjoying the game he loves, pursuing perfect tennis, trying to leave the sport in a better state than when he came on the scene.

    P.S. Are you going to go see Roger live?

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    veronica Reply:

    Yup, Steve! Saw him first day. His serve seen live is beautiful to watch. Played well, some exquisite shots, except spraying quite a few back hands and forehands as well. Super Nadal has mysteriously appeared again, have you all noticed?!! Where is the shoulder, knee injuries, where is the fatigue??!! Can you ever trust what Nadal says/claims anymore??!! Watching Nadal now, his movement is fantastic, and I’m getting very nervous for Fed! Fed better be ready for him coz he is all juiced up! Djoko terrified me in his first match. After slow start, Del Potro seems warming up to the challenge. Fish was such a disappointment. Was hoping for him to challenge Del Potro. Now Delpo/Fed QF looks very likely. On the brighter side, Fed got extra day rest, yay!! But I came to watch him, what a disappointment! I would say though that watching live has its disadvantages as well. You don’t get repeats, (although you can watch the screen for repeats but it’s hard to switch from live to screen and back), many things are going on at once it can get distracting; and it can be nerve wracking to watch as a fan. I’m not sure I would watch the quarter, semi or final live – not sure I would be able to handle it. Maybe I’ll watch them in the safety of my living room! I know. I’m a coward.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s great that you got to see him! I’m sorry that you are missing him today though. I’m still jealous!

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    veronica Reply:

    Hehehehe!!!! Come over next year and it would solve all the jealousy!! Hehehe!!!! And maybe I would dare to watch a Fed final live with a calm and rational Ru-an steadying my nerves!! Hehehehe!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hahahaha. I am actually quite calm. I don’t get nervous during Roger’s matches much. Would be fun! ;-)

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  20. David, your grammar is terrible. “you need to get understand” is not proper English.
    Anyway, I agree, the money distribution should be a little more fair. More to the early losers. If they keep upping the prize money, it will be too expensive to buy tickets to these tournaments. Not fair to the average fan.
    Regarding Nadal’s comments. Is it a mind game, sour grapes, disappointment that his guy was not put in as ATP president?
    I would say, trouble could be brewing on the tour.

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  21. God, is Rafa a whiner! Uncle Toni obviously told him to talk trash about Roger, since Rafa never has an original thought in his head. I hope this comes back to bite Nadal during the AO. Very few players have ever taken a shot at Roger, who is the most beloved player of this generation. I really can’t stand Nadal now!

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  22. In a way I’m glad Nadal polluted the airwaves with his puerile remarks. Perhaps this will stoke some antagonistic feelings in the placid Maestro. An angry Roger could be much more dangerous than a calm one. But the anger, if it wants to surface, should be firmly suppressed in the solar plexus, where it can lie patiently in wait until the actual villain appears across the net, on the Great Stage, as it were. Then, Maestro, and only then, when everyone can watch with a dispassionate eye, should you channel this quiet fury into the expert and ruthless precision of your racket. The Gods, it seems, may just have provided you with the perfect chance to deliver a decisive blow to this frail, burnt-out, and whining Spaniard.

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  23. “At first I thought I won’t take sides because that is what a biased fan would do” “…a legend in many people’s eyes(not mine) ”
    This makes for a perfect opening and closing lyrics. =D
    You said it yourself, this is what biased fans do. And you still did it.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No, I was just expressing my honest opinion. And people everywhere seems to agree with me inside and outside of this blog.

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  24. The problem with Nadal’s comments is that he’s playing mindreader and ascribing motives to Federer’s words. So we are starting from a position where I either take Federer’s words at face value or believe that he’s being insincere as Nadal suggests. First off, Federer is usually a straight shooter when he chooses to express an opinion; just refer to all the pressers after losses where the Nadal/Djokovic fans get on him about his arrogance (whether it is is not the point, I’m just saying he’s doesn’t have problems with expressing what’s on his mind).

    Secondly, whether sincere or not, the argument for the status quo being better for the lower ranked players is a good one. I have yet to see Nadal or Murray make a cogent argument for why a less demanding schedule would be good for the guy ranked outside 100. Your 500 or 250 tournaments need a few names to turn a profit and in turn the players who can barely break even can pick up paycheck better than the satellites and challengers. And this line of argument isn’t going away and Federer was not the first to mention it but it’s there and I’d like to see Nadal and Murray address this before talking strikes and the like (although they backed off that in a hurry). Also the exhibitions and Dubai money grabs don’t help their case.

    And these past few seasons Federer has certainly has played less matches than Nadal and probably Djokovic so you can see why it’s less of concern for Federer. He can skip one Masters (iirc), his game is efficient, it’s almost logical that he isn’t concerned about the tennis calendar being too long. If it wasn’t for his indoor runs the last two years he might have less matches than the likes of Ferrer.

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  25. At the top, whether it is in tennis or in corporate life, there are no quarters taken or given. At some level, to be a successful professional you have to be ruthless and at times very selfish. Nobody at the top ever goes out of their way to do something extra for someone else, especially at the top of sport where margins between the players are very very small.

    I think both Federer and Nadal are to a certain extent guilty of being selfish, Nadal maybe more blatantly at that. From Nadal’s point of view, he feels that the current system does not allow him to have a long career, even if the main reason for that is his poor scheduling and his grinding game. From Federer’s point of view, he is perfectly right to not be interested. Why should Federer push for something which has not affected him? He has been clever enough to tweak his schedule and he is not a grinder like Nadal. Nadal is a major competition from Federer’s perspective for GOAT. Why should Federer push for a system which is to Nadal’s benefit when
    1. Federer himself has gone through the same system for much longer time than Nadal and has created his legacy from this system
    2. Why should he make it easier for Nadal to have longevity? Is it not enough that most surfaces are slow nowadays and support a defensive style of play? Like the ridiculous 2 year ranking system that Nadal proposed. Why should Federer support it when he has accumulated 285 weeks at No 1, by defending his titles year after year throughout his career.
    Another example is the Saturday-Sunday SF/Final in US open. Federer defended his title from 2004 to 2008. Why should Nadal or any other person have it easier in the quest to win a US open.
    3. When he stands to gain little if any by doing this, given that he surely is in the last leg of his career

    There is nothing wrong with being selfish, because at highest levels, self-preservation takes priority over general welfare. Look at corporate life, the most successful people are the biggest scumbags. Nice guys never make it really to the top. This is reality. Federer is perhaps not a saint, but why should he be, given that he has made enormous sacrifices to build his legacy.

    What is totally disturbing about this development is Nadal singling out Federer for the problems. It is not Federer that is behind this system. It has been this way for decades. The game has become more physical and it is only natural that athletes will have shorter careers. The only solution for this is to make surfaces faster(guess how Nadal will react to that!). You just cannot take anyone’s name in a public forum, let alone someone of Federer’s stature, someone who is acknowledged as the greatest to play the game and has millions of fans all over the world. The whole thing reeks of jealousy from Nadal’s standpoint. His true colours are coming out now. From Federer’s standpoint, I hope he responds with silence and lets his racquet do the talking. The signs are that all is no well in Nadal’s camp. I think the defeats to Djokovic last year have really affected him much higher than we thought and he has resorted to relieving his frustrations by namecalling and washing dirty linen in public.

    Go Federer, thrash him in the Semis. That is the best way to answer this!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Roger is the most successful but he’s not a scumbag. Clearly you don’t have to be a scumbag to be successful. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nadal is a scumbag though. If he is doping he is indeed one. Just because you are successful it doesn’t justify being a scumbag.

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    Aravind Reply:

    I did not mean to say that Federer is a scumbag. All I tried to say was at the top, most of the times, there is no room for somebody to be genuinely nice. Federer need not go out of the way to bring about reforms that benefit his biggest rival, and should not be judged negatively if he does not choose to do that.
    He need not be a saint. I am an RF fan and I love his game even if he is not a saint!

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  26. Q. Have you had a chance to speak to Roger, following your comments yesterday, regarding the problems on the tour?

    RAFAEL NADAL: No. But, anyway, probably yesterday what I said I said. Probably I am wrong telling that to you, especially because these things can stay, must stay in the locker room.

    I always had fantastic relationship with Roger. I still have fantastic relationship with Roger. That’s what should be, in my opinion. Don’t create crazy histories about what I said yesterday, please.

    Just I said, because, you know, we can have different views about how the tour need to work. That’s all.

    Q. Do you plan to speak to Roger soon to try to explain what you meant yesterday, maybe to apologize?

    RAFAEL NADAL: No. You know, what I said I said. I feel sorry for say that, especially to you. Because when I say that, I have to say him personally. But that’s it. Forget.

    I do not talk anymore. During the two weeks, you can try very hard to asking me a lot of things. Yesterday, you know, I started, and I say I don’t want to talk anymore about this. Finally I talked to much as usual. That’s not gonna happen again.

    I advise all of you. You can try hard, but I gonna talk about tennis. If I am here two weeks, if I am here two days, I gonna have less work.

    THE MODERATOR: Any more questions?

    RAFAEL NADAL: After that… You are only interested in that, not the tennis (smiling).

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  27. good. this can only mean Nadsl is angry… at smthng or someone, doesnt matter really. we all know what an angry nadal can do. i miss the pissed off 24/7 Rafa! never thought i would say this, but i truly hope rafa and roger make it to the semis. lets wait and see.

    Rafa is no angel. I guess Roger is the only angel (or so u think).

    Looking forward to the last game of the tourny.
    Have a great two weeks of bliss (if your guy is still in the running) ya all!

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    neil Reply:

    So just what does “an angry Nadal do”? Well, he usually receives on-court coaching, receives time code violations, takes timely MTO’s (when he is losing), always keeps his opponents waiting in the locker room and on court, and conjures up an injury for every day of the week while still running down and bludgeoning every ball like it is his last. But I guess that is what chemicals do to you – make you “angry” and do stuff. Oh yeah, and slag better players than yourself as well as a clearly more gracious sportsman. You sure can pick ’em.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Absolutely Neil. Side effect of juicing! When juice also does not help, what do you do? Simply rant in public. He can try gluten-free diet though.

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  28. “Perfect” Federer criticised by colleagues
    Russian tennis player Nikolay Davydenko says he doesn’t know why Roger Federer is not backing other players in their complaints about issues affecting the men’s game.

    Davydenko, the former world number three, spoke a day after Rafael Nadal criticised his Swiss rival for sitting back while others speak out about issues including the overcrowded schedule and the distribution of prize money.

    Davydenko said 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer didn’t want “any problems” because “he’s a nice guy, he’s from Switzerland, he’s perfect”.

    Federer said he had “no hard feelings” toward Nadal, saying “things are fine” between the two long-time rivals, although he conceded that they disagree on a way to resolve a list of player grievances.

    Nadal apologised on Monday for airing his disagreement with Federer in public – although he didn’t back down on the views he expressed.

    Hey Ru-an.
    Whats this new tactic of Rogers colleagues to criticize him one by one and day after day?
    THe only reason I can think is that they all are too scared that Roger is in the pink of health and that his roaring comeback may hurt all the other players on tour in quest for major titles esp Nadal.What do you think??

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    steve Reply:

    I think it’s the tennis media trying to manufacture a scandal where there is none.

    Doubtless, they’ve gone around badgering everyone from Djokovic to Thomaz Bellucci for a juicy quote they can use to add fuel to the fire. I don’t think they care too much about context, just as long as they get a sentence or two they can make use of.

    Nadal’s camp probably leaked the original quote in an attempt to force the hand of Federer and the rest of the players’ council, and railroad them into doing what Nadal’s people wanted, but I don’t think it worked.

    I think Federer’s right not to overreact to this. He’s staying diplomatic and refusing to talk to the media about any arguments or divisions that went on in the players’ meeting.

    It’ll be interesting to see if a full-fledged players’ union emerges from this situation.

    Isner was asked about the players’ council meeting and he said this:

    I think the number one issue was, you know, the total revenue distribution at Grand Slams. I think the players have a legitimate beef about it. That was one thing.

    If it wasn’t before, it’s clear that the prize money at the biggest tournaments isn’t very equitably distributed, and that the lower-ranked players aren’t getting enough. Every time you go on ESPN, you see a headline that they’ve increased the winner’s prize money. But what about the money for the people who lose in the first round?

    The ATP won’t make the needed reforms without some serious pressure from the players. And despite Federer’s preference for discretion, he’ll probably end up having to lead publicly on this issue.

    There is certainly no other potential leader with the respect and prestige who has the interests of the lower-ranked players in mind.

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  29. I think there is more to Rafa comments than just criticism. This has just come one day before AO, which certainly raises an eyebrow on the intentions. Although I respect that Nadal is fully entitled to have his own opinion but to voice it like this really questions the integrity of the once known as most humble player in tennis. Probably negative attitude creeping in Nadal now?
    Here is another interesting perspective as it talks about how Nadal might be playing mental games this time against Federer by creating such scenes: Nadal/Federer Controversy: Is There Something More To It? http://bit.ly/xbY8yU

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    booya719 Reply:

    This is really nothing new. It’s been happening over the years, now and then dating way back to 2006. Every French Open or even every clay final period Nadal would deny he was the favorite, saying things like, “Federer is the favorite but I will try my best or else I will have no chance.” That’s coming from a guy who was in the middle of an 80+ match winning streak who was already regarded as the greatest clay court player of all time during that stretch. Even after that during 2008 when he never lost to Federer on clay he made it sound as if Federer was supposed to be beating him and that Nadal was somehow overcoming odds every time which is just mental bull.

    He would say things that technically could make sense under different circumstances but were literally absurd, just to put a jab in here or there. Mind games are nothing new from Nadal. He’s tried every trick in the book to give himself the best advantages before and during matches.

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