Why doesn't anyone like Fed-Man?
Okay, I was at AO with my girlfriend and her brother. We went to the Grand Final and the Fed vs Duck match because we wanted to see some serious ass kicking take place.
We weren't disappointed.
However, I noticed in both these matches that the crowd was always rooting for Fed's opponent which I found weird because his skills obviously surpassed his opponent's by about ten million. Every time Federer unforced-error'd or faulted, the audience would just explode into cheers and scream 'Go GONZO!' or 'GO ANDY!' depending on which demolition you went to. You guys must've surely noticed it on TV, but if you didn't or if it didn't seem that bad on television, let me tell you, it was almost embarassing for the Fed. However, when he hit a winner, there was a smattering of applause and low murmurings.
I said to my girlfriend between the second and third set of the Duck match, "Gee, the audience is really siding with Roddick, huh?" and her (gay) brother went, "Duh. He's so much sexier than Federer." And then my girlfriend said it was probably because the crowds always rooted for the underdog or perhaps it was because they didn't want the match to end because they'd paid good money for their seats.
But I don't know, I always had a bit of an underlying feeling that maybe the AO crowd doesn't particularly like Federer. I mean, they clapped for him at the end of every match when he won, but it was more like polite applause, as opposed to when the loser went back to the locker room, it was like a mosh pit.