Hey CD years back the same fans defended Fed's barbed comments in the past e.g. one dimensional nadal...probably one of the biggest motivating factors for Rafa in their early duels. Epic fail there mate. I had hoped that Rogi had learnt his lesson...
well i follow college football and the NFL here in america and have been doing that for years. i know for a fact that the athletes use anything negative that is directed at them as motivation.
coaches themselves post that shit all over locker rooms so the players can see it coming and going. they make damn sure that they talk about what was directed at them at every team meeting before the next game.
people mocked and ridiculed tim tebow and he lead his team to the playoffs anyway and he managed to derail the steelers with that 80 year TD pass. he passed for 316 yards in that game.
some steelers had mocked and ridiculed him earler in the season. some chicago players also mocked him by making fun of his "tebowing" and stuff. some detroit lions said he was a joke.
now tim is a humble guy and a very smart guy and he took the high road. but deep inside it drove him to do better and prove them wrong.
bottom line: dont go after your fellow players if you dont have to.