We from Balkans are very famous with faking and Novak is not different. Sometimes he really overdone the things but never mind. So he is not a saint at all like Nadal.And Federer is not a first or last player who blamed Novak for his MTO there were Monfils,Tsonga,Robredo,Lleyton,Roddick and I can you say when and what happened to every player so do not say it is just Federer but because it is Federer yes. How dare this Federer to say something to Nole? Who is he? And what Nole parents said? If Nole was so sick so many years and with those money do you think he could not find a doctor and waited to 2010 .Gluten free for 30 or 40 days and is a new born and start winnig and could not stop. Who stop him this bad Federer at FO SF. OMG how dare this Federer to play tennis ?
So you'te from the Balkans, then ... I wondered about you... It all makes sense now...
With respect to the faking: nobody knows when a player is faking, Haas criticised Murray for faking last year, lots of people criticised Nole for faking... If you check numbers, many other players have a higher percentage of retirements than Nole ever did: but nobody cares about them because they don't win as much as Novak... So it's not just the retirement issue, it's also the fact that Novak started winning and posing a threat to a very stable narrative in the tennis world, with Fedal at the top.
It doesn't really matter anymore: I bet some people now wish Nole retired more
but he doesn't. He was called "a joke" when he was 18 years old by the undisputed #1 player in the world, he was called a quitter by Roddick, he was criticised for "giving up" by Roger and others...
The fact that "the joke" has been the year-end #1 player, for 2 consecutive years, that he's been called "The King of Clutch" because of his mental strength, that he really dig dip in London to defeat an inspired Federer with 99% of the crowd and pundits behind him, is very sweet for us Nole fans. Novak answered the critics with his tennis, not with his tongue. I like that.
Will he ever surpass Roger and Rafa? I don't indulge in predictions, I'm enjoying the present. We'll find out soon enough.
And I'm sure that now that Novak is the reigning #1 player, he wouldn't dream of calling a young player "a joke"... It's just not in his nature: we know, we've been told repeatedly, how classless he is, haven't we?