Admit it. The past 2 years or so of Federer dominance and rare as diamond losses are as boring as watching paint dry. The last 2 years, Federer has really destroyed every player he's come across and gave press conferences afterwards that said that the player was good and spoke as if he had just edged out a win, when indeed he was busy winning in straights of a slam final ala Wimbeldon 05 or USO 04. Or when he beat Roddick at Cincinnati in 05 and said something to the effect of how he loves playing Roddick and it wasnt just because he won everytime.
2004 and 2005 were the dullest years of tennis following the everyday excitement of 2003 with a Roddick that could actually play, a Ferrero that had skillz, and a not yet fully developed and dominating Federer that lost to Nalbandian and Roddick.
Then came along Rafael Nadal, the only player that has the cojones to stand up to the bully on the playground in Roger Federer. And in 2006, he has actually made him look more and more human everytime he steps on the other side of that little net in the middle. He has gotten in Federer's head and made him actually say things like him being one dimensional, saying hes better than Rafael on clay, and what have you. Personally, I hope that they meet in the final of every tournament they play in and Nadal wins consistently.
Now, this "new kid on the block" mentalilty has caused fans of both to be critical of the other. As a Rafa fan, I may have some tilt on my views, but from what I've seen, Fed Fans seem to be more radical in their views. Such as the post that Tangy has in her blog at www.roddickwatch.blogspot.com
(Great blog Tangy, where is Roddick Monthly, though?
) However, Nadal fans arent out of the clear. I've seen Nadal fans post some things that are seriously out of line and uncalled for. I dont have any links, but they are present.
Finally, this rivalry needs to be advertised and built up by the ATP and other tennis television, newspaper, and internet entities to be the main draw of tennis event when the Roddick-Federer "rivalry" crashed out miserably. If marketed correctly, this could really bring tennis revenues and help out the sport considerably. Thank you Rafael Nadal, for making tennis (and tennis message boards) fun again.