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Greatest moments of sportsmanship

Here we can discuss about the moments where players demonstrated true great sportsmanship, like Nadal shaking hands of every French player after his victory in DC semifinal 2004...
This gesture from Fed was not bad either after a tough battle:
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"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."

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Bored again I see? Starting all the threads, but this one is a good one.

There was an instance when Pat Rafter gave away a point which would have gave him the break of serve in a close match against Andrei Cherkasov. The linsepeople got it wrong and Cherkasov won the match.

Jeff Tarango at Wimbledon.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Here we can discuss about the moments where players demonstrated true great sportsmanship, like Nadal shaking hands of every French player after his victory in DC semifinal 2004...
Dont all DC round victors do that?....or they should at least

Doesnt seem like a case of great sportsmanship, it's just the right thing to do

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Rafael Nadal
Guillermo Coria

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Bored again I see? Starting all the threads, but this one is a good one.

There was an instance when Pat Rafter gave away a point which would have gave him the break of serve in a close match against Andrei Cherkasov. The linsepeople got it wrong and Cherkasov won the match.
Jimmy Connors did that when playing Newcombe in the AO final...wasnt for a bp though

Newk mentions it in his book...he couldnt believe it

I couldnt imagine Connors having done that many times in his career

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Re: Greatest moments of sportsmanship

Indian Wells 1996

Jordi Burillo vs Goran Ivanisevic

Burillo is down 4-6 5-6 but has a breakpoint. The umpire says the 2nd serve of Goran is out which would mean tiebreak. But Burillo says "no it was good", he gives Goran the point. 30 seconds later he lost the match 4-6 5-7. And i ask you would have Coria acted the same way

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And i ask you would have Coria acted the same way
try 99% of players on tour

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try 99% of players on tour
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Magnus Norman when he played Grosjean at the Aus Open, there was an ace, but it was called a let.

Norman just shook his head walked up to the net and shook Grosjean's hand as it clearly hadn't touched the net.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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'95 AO QF Sampras v. Courier. Emotional and classy...from both gentlemen. I think Courier would have agreed to stop and play another day (and in retrospect, might have had a different outcome).

And over the years, I've seen players give or try to give points back but I'd be hard pressed to give specific examples. And at least once, when the umpire was being hard-headed, I saw the returner purposefully slap the serve into the net to even things out again. Wish I could remember who that was. Wanna say Borg but that was a long, long time ago.

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Magnus Norman when he played Grosjean at the Aus Open, there was an ace, but it was called a let.

Norman just shook his head walked up to the net and shook Grosjean's hand as it clearly hadn't touched the net.
yes i remember that very well. great magnus!!

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Dont all DC round victors do that?....or they should at least

Doesnt seem like a case of great sportsmanship, it's just the right thing to do
Count how many do that before even congratulating their own team...
In terms sportsmanship, Noah did a great stuff in Malmö in 96 when he took Edberg on his shoulders while France had just defeated Sweden... Noah is a great person and we miss that kind of guy on tour...

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."

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That was really a communion with the public, with a lot of humour, Noah's song being a funny party-one, that was nice from his behalf to celebrate this way, on a very light mode as it was a very important moment in French tennis history. In terms of pure sportsmanship, Noah did a great stuff in Malmö in 96 when he took Edberg on his shoulders while France had just defeated Sweden... Noah is a great person and we miss that kind of guy on tour...
?? where did Noah come from?....I quoted what you said about Nadal

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?? where did Noah come from?....I quoted what you said about Nadal
sorry I edited it just when you wrote this post, I mixed the two threads, ...

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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Bored again I see? Starting all the threads, but this one is a good one.
Not bored, but I was wondering reading the posts about several excuses and gamesmanship moments of Coria, "let's talk about positive stuff for a while"
What about this match point replayed by Wilander in Roland Garros ? Was it in semi or final ? A great stuff when you see what a Slam means to these guys...

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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In 1982, Mats Wilander when he played Clerc in his first Roland Garros in the semi-finals when Clerc had a shot that was ruled out, which gave Wilander the match.

He went up to the umpire and conceded the point, and then he eventually won the title.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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