Originally Posted by evilmindbulgaria
but here is my question - why on earth was that same award given to Federer in 2009 when 1) he broke his racket in anger against Djokovic in Miami and 2) he cursed in primetime TWICE during the USOpen Final? What about his sportsmanship back then? Did anybody make a spiteful thread about it?
I hope you get my point.
This is easy.
What Fed did were isolated incidences that are in no way reflect his habit and attitude on court. Because most of the times, Fed's behavior on court is quite good and sometimes exemplary, a lot of people cut him some slack. Apart from that, what Fed did was not gamesmanship. They didn't gave him an advantage or bother his opponent concentration and rhythm. And before you say it, yes I agree, that Fed can be quite an arrogant douche in interviews. But that is off court.
Nadal on the other hand, has made gamesmanship and bending of the rules as his standard MO. People have been calling this out for years. A lot of tennis fans see this disrespect to the rules as annoying. Even though Nadal is quite humble in interviews, some feel that it's a fake. Cause how can you say such nice things in front of a microphone, then be a prick on court? Because of this, not many will cut him some slack, like they did Fed. They jump on him.
good one. The answer is simple: there are more fedtards than rafatards
So, this statement is both true and false.
Yes, there are more Fed fans than Nadal fans. But no, it's not the answer for your question. Nadal is only reaping what he sow.