Originally Posted by Action Jackson
It's a popularity contest pure and simple, if not then Nieminen would have been nominated beforehand.
He took a toilet break to disrupt Davydenko's rhythm at the AO which he admitted, the sportsmanship award winner shouldn't be doing that.
This myth is the biggest steaming pile of
ever perpetrated upon the tennis community. Here's what really happened:
In the first set, Davydenko served for the set at 5-2. He won his service game and won the set 6-2. Federer's toilet break took place at this time... during the break between sets 1 and 2
! At most he might have extended an existing break by one minute. If you must take a toilet break, this would be the fairest time to do it; not in the middle of the set (even if it's on your own serve, during the longer 'changeover' break).
And it was
on Federer's serve. He served to open the second set. The disrupted, disoriented, utterly shattered
Davydenko quickly got up 15-40 on Federer's serve, and had another BP before Federer managed to hold. Davydenko continued in his "Playstation" mode, holding serve and then breaking Federer in Fed's next service game, then held again for 3-1 in the second set. Then Davydenko had two more break points on Federer's serve for a double break. Federer saved these bps, and managed to hold serve, then rattled off like 12 straight games or something. But that was at least 10 (if not 15 minutes) after the fateful toilet break that allegedly rendered the Russian impotent.
I mean come on
Here's the youtube for anyone who wants to revisit this part of the match
part 4 of 13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il-9m...eature=related
part 5 of 13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh2KD...eature=related
For a guy (Federer) who takes one toilet break every two years, and does it at the fairest time possible during a match, using this as evidence of gamesmanship is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.