Originally Posted by andylovesaustin
I don't consider myself arrogant. I just don't like seeing Roger so frustrated. Apparently, whatever he is doing isn't working for him right now, so we fans--I'm a long-time fan of Roger's among others--are just giving our opinion as pointless as it might be. Besides, Pete didn't say for Roger to change his game completely: he just said to made mix it up a bit more. Pete even admitted Roger is just losing a few games, but those few games have been enough for Rafa to win some grand slam tournaments at Roger's expense.
As far as the AO, at least Pete gave Rafa some credit, saying that Rafa could play at a very high level for an extended period of time. In fact, it appeared to me Pete said there just wasn't a lot Roger could do differently because Rafa was just an "animal." At one point, a person has to give the Rafa credit for something, and that's exactly what Pete did.
So, I don't think anybody is being arrogant at all. To me, Pete really respects BOTH Roger and Rafa, and said as much. He's just giving some suggestions, but also implied maybe this has just been Rafa's time, and there ain't a whole lot Roger has been able to do about it, but weather the storm, regroup and try again.
I didn't say that Sampras was arrogant, his tone is always quite reasonable comparing to others.
He gives his opinion, he says Federer should serve and volley,
and I remember Borg said that Nadal was beatable from the baseline.
I just said many of the fans are arrogant, saying that "everybody knows what Federer should do except him" or that "he's just stupid stubborn arrogant".
Thinking they know better than Federer what he should do
... of thinking that Federer just doesn't WANT to win or wants to win with the same style as Nadal because he's arrogant and stubborn,
which is the silliest thing I've heard :
maybe their first meetings but since then I don't think Federer likes always losing to Nadal and didn't use his intelligence.
Some speak of arrogance,
others speak of mental,
but basically the fact is that Nadal is a bad match-up to Federer and is as good on quick surfaces and far far better on clay.