The only regret we have is to have never had the opportunity to win the Masters. For me, the ATP has its share of responsibility for our failure, not wishing to change surface for this tournament … which seem logical for an event of this type, it would be rotated every two or three years. But no. This is also why Rafa has a lot of merit.
Let me make it clear from the start that this is not a post to bash Nadal. This is a post to make it clear why I am a Fedfan and have never warmed to Nadal. I have recently stated that Nadal have some qualities that Roger does not possess and that in the overall picture we will probably never know who is the best player between them. That doesn’t mean I am a fan of both however. I am not a fan of Nadal because of statements like the above. I just want to make that clear because some Fedfans have this idea that if you say one good thing about Nadal then you are a Nadal fan and not a Fedfan. That is of course extremist thinking and totally false. There may be qualities about Nadal I appreciate but it doesn’t mean I am his fan. It means I am objective. There are also qualities about Nadal that I do not appreciate.
While I respect his work ethic and mental strength I just cannot accept this kind of selfishness and egotism. This is of course not by any means the first time we heard someone in the Nadal camp say something like this. What strikes me the most is the lack of gratitude. There is a slam and three Masters Series events on clay, as well as several other clay court events, including the ATP 500 events in Acapulco, Barcelona, Hamburg, and Rio de Janeiro. On grass for instance there are no Masters Series events, nor even ATP 500 events. As for indoors(Nadal’s worst surface) there is only one Masters Series(Paris) event and the Masters Cup. As if that is not enough, the court surfaces everywhere has been slowed down so much that Nadal has been able to win slams on all surfaces.
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Was it not for Wawrinka he would have been the first player in the open era to complete two career slams, despite a one-dimensional game. It is quite astonishing that the Nadal camp still finds reason to complain. It comes across as unbelievably ungrateful and selfish. It is disgusting in fact. It kind of reminds me of one or two readers of this blog. But unfortunately the ATP does not have someone at the helm who can make rules against this kind of selfishness and egotism. Never mind. Karma will catch up with him. In fact it may have already when Nadal got slapped off the court by Wawrinka in Melbourne. Personally I take great satisfaction in that match and the fact that Nadal has not been able to win the Masters Cup. It fills me with gratitude. It makes me believe that there is justice in the universe and that selfishness and egotism does not pay off.
As much as the ATP has catered to Nadal’s needs, I can’t see them ever changing the Masters Cup to indoor clay. That would be a dead giveaway that they are catering to his needs and would cause immense upheaval. It is also comforting to know that Nadal has missed out on a big opportunity to win a second career slam and thereby achieving something Roger could never achieve. It won’t be easy for him to complete the second career slam now. You can slam Roger for not being enough of a killer to defeat Nadal when it matters most, but in the final analysis the kind of person you are is more important than a game. This is why Roger will always be the more popular champion between him and Nadal. He has a compassionate side to him, and I guess you can’t be both a killer and compassionate.
Roger is who he is, and in the bigger picture he is the better man and his influence on the world is much better than Nadal’s is.
Ps. How absurd is the statement: ‘This is also why Rafa has a lot of merit.‘?!