I understand that Novak's family has drawn a lot of ire, especially his father's behavior in the stands and his mother's comments in pressers. However, this post has to do with the question of, how much of the current hatred towards Novak is derived from truly objective reasons and how much has to do with the challenge to Roger? When Marat Safin defeated Roger in the AO, was there this degree of dislike of him, or was it very different? Similarly, when Rafael established himself as a contender with Roger, was there a barrage of insults about Rafael, or was this also different?
I'm just trying to clarify to what degree the overwhelming hostility against Novak is due to his family's admittedly disgraceful behavior, and what part is due to his challenge to Roger/Rafael.
Nah there wasn't the same hatred. Especially not with Marat because he was a champion before Roger even was.. you know? So it's not like he was really a challenger.. plus on MTF, Marat can never do any wrong
I think a lot of the hate is his behavior/his parents behavior. He's had haters on here since the Monfils match in 2005.
Rafa and Roger have a mutual respect for each other that neither has with Novak also.. so that contributes to it too.