Originally Posted by fifthsetshootout
The players and fans vote for it. End of discussion. If you're a Novak stan or a Muzz stan, I'm sure neither of your players voted for Fed. Fed won anyway, and the fan favorite award too.
I can understand your grievances against Fed, but I'm not sure that depreciates the value of his Sportsmanship Award to the extent that you imply it does. Are you then implying that Novak should win the award for sportsmanship? After retiring three points from defeat in a match he clearly stated he was capable of completing? Are you implying Muzz should have won the award, with his regular obscenity-strewn temper? Or Rafa, who has faced complaints about his time between serves and a couple of his MTOs?
I'm not implying each player is a bad sport and some of these issues are controversial (time, MTOs), with each side having valid points. My point is that Fed is no more flawed than any of your respective players. You can wax on for hours about how XYZ would "never say this about an opponent," but on-court conduct also speaks volumes about the way your opponents will perceive you. On court this year, Fed played his matches with minimal fuss and not too many stand-out incidents--he plays at a quick pace, he doesn't retire from matches (strategically or non-strategically), and he's rarely mouthed off at himself or others.
A perfect composite of the winner of the sportsmanship award would have Fed's on-court manners, Novak's graciousness as a loser, and Rafa's ability to give credit to his opponents. Fed may lack the third, Rafa may lack the second, and Novak/Rafa may lack the first. If Novak had won sportsmanship, people'd be talking about how ridiculous it is for him to receive the award, after retiring three points from defeat in Cincinnati. And so on and so forth.
You know the award is voted by the players, you know that even if Qureshi seems like a lock-in for the award, that the "popularity-based" nature of the award also renders his candidacy an unlikely proposal. So stop with the bitter sniping and the clawing and the passive-aggressive praising of other players as a means to attack the one you're really angry about. Stop and do give a thought to what attributes Fed brings with him to the court. 2011 may be the last year he wins the award, but he's won it 6-7 times now and he's won the Fan Favorite 9 times. There's no way you can dismiss those basic facts. Each time, the players and fans voted for him. Either hold your own private vote and pity-party, or quiet down on the sniping front.
What a load of bullshit. Fed isn't a good sport because he snipes at players in interviews and tries to detract from their victories and accomplishments. Qureshi or some other player outside of the top 4, that actually displayed a modicum of good sportsmanship. Ferrer or Isner or Nishikori or almost anyone would have been better.
"So stop with the bitter sniping and the clawing and the passive-aggressive praising" Maybe you should tell Mr. Sportsmanship that!
Seriously, every player has fans that make absurd arguments and down other players to support their own favorite. Federer is the only top player to stoop to the level of his tards in interviews.