This is exactly why i like guys like Oli Rochus and Kei Nishikori, coz they would try. They would lose most times (just as Ferrer actually), but the matches would always be entertaining and they would gain respect from people like me, who appreciate this kind of tennis.
That's what i dislike about Ferrer, but mostly the grunting part. This pissed me off big time tonight. I usually try to avoid watching him (on TV, i would defo go to watch him live...
), but i did several times and his grunting never was that displaced and annoying.
Does he do this all the time or only when in losing position? I mean, this was really bad, i felt a bit like a long time Armstrong fan....
No, he does not do that when he's losing, he always does that when he's playing very seriously (ie usually not in the first set...) whether he's losing or winning.
Usually he grunts the most when he plays best, when he's really focused and running all around the court etc.
I would understand if he got a code violation, because yes technically there is a delay, but I don't think he's doing it deliberately to make the opponent lose his focus. I don't know why there's a delay, but probably because he lets the grunt out after striking the ball... Not being a tennis player, I do not know how the timing works between breathing and striking the ball, so I have no idea.
I guess players grunt to be more in tune with their rhythm, or to let out some of the tension... Which would explain why it happens in tense moments and when they're playing well.
But it's really not new at all so I don't see why suddenly you would feel so terribly disillusioned because of the grunting