well, Nole lost that match fair and square. Rog was a better player that day. Sure, we can blame shoes or the fact that he hadn't played for 5 days but whatever. Nole's statement is very fair.
Mr. Alex, Agree 100%.
It's interesting how players react to winning and defeat, both on the court and afterwards.
In 2011 for example, I would say that Mr. Djokovic had a better attitude in defeat, rather than in his wins. Not to say his attitude was awful in his wins, but I thought it a bit over the top, compared to how gracious he was in defeat.
Whereas Mr. Federer, I think was the reverse in 2011, and perhaps has been that way for awhile now.
It's kind of understandable. Federer was winning and on top for so long, he learned how to win graciously. And then having to deal with losing after all that success is more difficult for him, and he understandably tries to find reasons (excuses) for his losses and can sound whiny or bitter, especially in a tough defeat (ala US Open). No winner likes to lose. Whereas Djokovic was more used to losing big ones in the past and learned to be gracious in losses. Winning like he did in 2011 was brand new to him, so he hasn't quite learned how to rein things in a bit.
I don't put either player down for these attitudes. It's part of the process, and great attitudes while winning and losing is not easy to accomplish, but one can still strive to do so as Rudyard Kipling said, reflected on the Wimbledon Centre Court, player entrance - "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same"