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Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...ards-2012.aspx

You would think that the 2nd most successful player of this generation would have more loyal fans. If I remember right he came 2nd in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and now fourth in 2012!

Murray was second which surprises me. Novak fans are always so vocal on here but couldn't be bothered to vote for their idol.

Maybe Nadal fans stop following tennis after the clay season ends?
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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

In a real life Nadal is as popular or just behind Fed. His fans simply didn't vote, probably because he's been gone from the tour for 6 months. Murray ahead of Nole in this popularity contest, not sure what to say. As a Nole fan I admit didn't vote. I guess Mandy being a Brit/Scott has something to do with it, not sure (not sure that Murray is globally more popular than Nole). I'm sure that Nadal is a way more popular than Murray, it's not even close. but that's how people voted.

if we go by face book which is more relative IMO.
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In a real life Nadal is as popular or just behind Fed. His fans simply didn't vote, probably because he's been gone from the tour for 6 months. Murray ahead of Nole in this popularity contest, not sure what to say. As a Nole fan I admit didn't vote. I guess Mandy being a Brit/Scott has something to do with it, not sure (not sure that Murray is globally more popular than Nole). I'm sure that Nadal is a way more popular than Murray, it's not even close. but that's how people voted.

if we go by face book which is more relative IMO.
Fed 12 millions
Rafa 11 millions
Nole 2.5 millions
Muzza 950,000
Yeah, Murray is pretty unpopular in Britain tbh, maybe people band wagoned his US open fluke.
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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

Why does it matter? Truth of the matter is, as long as Federer plays, he will probably always win this award. He has a very good mix of young and older tennis fans while Rafa perhaps resonates with younger fans that arguably may not be as serious of tennis fans, so since Rafa hasn't been on the tour, many of his fans perhaps could not care to watch tennis? Novak and Murray still have a ways to go, not a knock against them, Federer obviously has been on the tour much longer and has been able to replicate his success on court in creating a strong fanbase as well.

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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

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http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...ards-2012.aspx

You would think that the 2nd most successful player of this generation would have more loyal fans. If I remember right he came 2nd in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and now fourth in 2012!

Murray was second which surprises me. Novak fans are always so vocal on here but couldn't be bothered to vote for their idol.

Maybe Nadal fans stop following tennis after the clay season ends?
as Alex mentioned, the voting on ATPworld.com is done by more very very serious tennis fans, and Nadal is extremely popular with the masses... he also regularly preforms much better so being gone half the year certainly didn't really excite his fans to care to vote

HKZ is right though, Federer will always win this, he is unmatched in popularity with his grace and beautiful play. a person with that many accomplishments and WHO has been tennis for so many years undoubtedly is hard to beat. Nadal is not that far behind but his 4th rank in popularity in this poll is skewed by the nature of him having a lot of casual tennis fans and also the nature of him being gone for a lot of months at the time of voting

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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

It was expected.
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I wouldn't be surprised if this year Murray gets more votes than Rafa. He already asked his fans form facebook to vote for him.
Federer posted the link on his website and on facebook. Djokovic too.
And Raonic http://twitter.com/milosraonic/statu...39877299884032
http://twitter.com/milosraonic/statu...48519420379136

Rafa is the only top player who doesn't promote this.
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Agreed. A link on facebook like Murray and Federer would have been easy to do. What's the point of those 11 million followers otherwise?! It'll be a landslide for Federer anyway but Nadal will be behind Novak and Roger for sure due to lack of promotion and maybe even Murray now.
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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

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http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...ards-2012.aspx

You would think that the 2nd most successful player of this generation would have more loyal fans. If I remember right he came 2nd in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and now fourth in 2012!

Murray was second which surprises me. Novak fans are always so vocal on here but couldn't be bothered to vote for their idol.

Maybe Nadal fans stop following tennis after the clay season ends?
Well, that's because a majority of Rafa fans were actually Pete Sampras fans jealous of Roger's success and now Pete has anointed Novak as the successor so they bangwagon hopped.

Also Rafa cheats, time wastes, fakes injuries, is ultra defensive and cares more about poker. Many people dislike Nadal more than any other player.

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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

Dull fans aren't real tennis fans, most of them are fangirls drooling on his fat ass and humungous biceps when he is playing, so when he is absent these fangirls couldn't give a flying fuck to take the time to vote.
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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

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http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...ards-2012.aspx

You would think that the 2nd most successful player of this generation would have more loyal fans. If I remember right he came 2nd in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and now fourth in 2012!

Murray was second which surprises me. Novak fans are always so vocal on here but couldn't be bothered to vote for their idol.

Maybe Nadal fans stop following tennis after the clay season ends?
I didn't even know that i could vote and where

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I didn't even know that i could vote and where
Same here, I never knew there was a vote going on.

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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

You can still vote, go to the ATP site before it's too late
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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

Maybe because people are realizing only now that Murray does have a personality, and also realizing that Nadull is dull.

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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

10th straight year! w.o.w

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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

Have you not seen the thread with a poll that lets fans vote for the most disliked player. Nadal wins in a landslide. Stalling, cheating and ass-picking seem to digust people even if they appreciate Nadal's talent.
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Re: Why did Nadal only come 4th in the ATP Fans favourite award?

Honestly speaking, it's because half of his fanbase was made up of Sampras nuts and "weak era" proponents to begin with, who glorified Nadal as the one guy consistently keeping Federer from records.

Since he's been outdone by Djokovic these past two years, I imagine a lot of the pretenders have dispersed.
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