Re: If Nadal wins, Roger will hate him
It doesn't matter what conclusions other comparisons such as Agassi/Sampras may lead to, because this is a different matter. Nadal is not an attacking player, and I feel many are taking subtle shots at him via the media, much as was the case with Hewitt when he was #1. Also, since Nadal is not really an attacker (he CAN attack, but he's still more of a defender), it leads others to think that they can really defeat him, and when they can't, it leads to not respect towards Nadal but almost a sort of anger because again, they feel as if though Nadal doesn't really BEAT them as much as they can't beat his style of play.
It's like it was back in junior tennis, no one likes a "pusher". I want to make clear that Nadal isn't a "pusher", really, because pushers don't have nasty forehands like him and don't hit nasty passes like him, but certainly, a large part of his game hinges on creating off of defense. This is completely unlike Federer, Sampras, Agassi, Justine, etc. Those players are respected because they create their offense out of nothing and dictate play... Naturally, those type of players will probably always get more respect. It's unfortunate, too. I feel like Nadal is actually being somewhat under-appreciated just as Hewitt was during his top years simply because neither man is really a point-dictator.
He can't make shots like Roger off of mid-court balls, he can't serve like Roger, he doesn't have Roger's grace, he doesn't have Roger's "class" off the court, he doesn't have Roger's off-the-clay resume, he doesn't really have Roger's offensive game. He just runs faster than anyone, is probably mentally more tough than anyone, and is the best on-the-run passer in the game. Simply, best defender. But that doesn't get that much respect.