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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.
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Re: Why doesn't anyone like Fed-Man?

You said it all: people want a long match with drama, so they root for Fed's opponent. Especially in late stage of GS where they know Fed wouldn't tank, they want to see THE upset. Very cruel for Rog but very human...
Might be more and more like that in coming slams, except RG where Fed will be the crowd favourite for obvious reasons. Another pressure for Fed.
It doesn't show too much on TV.

"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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Re: Why doesn't anyone like Fed-Man?

Federer copes with rude crowds throughout the year (except when playing in Basel or Gstaad), even though it's pretty sad I guess it' no longer a big deal to him.
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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.
83 minutes to take the Duck out, had the match taken place in the US there would have been a huge protest on the crowd's behalf for not even completing a second round of hamburgers...

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It's a sport after all and while it is very important for the players, the only reason they make money (and I mean tennis as a whole) it's because it's entertainment for us, the fans. So if we're watching, I rather watch something that pleases the eye, who gives a shit if a BOSS hotass model takes 5 more seconds in geting the ball to the player in Madrid? I'd rather wait those extra 5 seconds seeing those boobies bounce than watching some fatass kid burn away his bigmac meal.

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83 minutes to take the Duck out, had the match taken place in the US there would have been a huge protest on the crowd's behalf for not even completing a second round of hamburgers...
lol
but we know that in the US Fed likes to please the crowd when facing local heroes: one set to Agassi in 05, one set to Blake and Roddick in 06, then he can play his normal level and switch gear. An they get their second hamburger/sausage (it depends)
This guy will be the best exhibition player ever, with uncanny ability to control the scoreline...

"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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Re: Why doesn't anyone like Fed-Man?

maybe because his opponents (especially Roddick) usually need all the help they could get to beat Roger?
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I was in Miami for a while and those Yankees would not stop chowing down donuts. I was in Homer Simpson land for a while there.
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I was in Miami for a while and those Yankees would not stop chowing down donuts. I was in Homer Simpson land for a while there.

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It's a sport after all and while it is very important for the players, the only reason they make money (and I mean tennis as a whole) it's because it's entertainment for us, the fans. So if we're watching, I rather watch something that pleases the eye, who gives a shit if a BOSS hotass model takes 5 more seconds in geting the ball to the player in Madrid? I'd rather wait those extra 5 seconds seeing those boobies bounce than watching some fatass kid burn away his bigmac meal.

I don't know, call me old fashioned but I like women
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Re: Why doesn't anyone like Fed-Man?

On the contrary, i think the crowd, at least for his semi and final, were very happy for Roger to win

Sure some people just want to see the underdog win, and so they'll get more vocal support, but others were still happy for Roger to take it out, but may have been wanting to see a closer match, so they'll go fo the guy who's down....

I'd like to think though that everyone there appreciated the brilliance of Roger, even just very casual fans could see it,and walk away happy knowing they saw the best at his best. My dad likes tennis, but would never bother to sit down and watch a match on tv...i met him in Melbourne for the semi's/final, and like many others he wanted to see tough, close matches, but he was gob-smacked at the tennis Roger was playing, he really was completely amazed at what he was seeing

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Because he's boring, and never involves the crowd when he plays ?


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but we know that in the US Fed likes to please the crowd when facing local heroes: one set to Agassi in 05, one set to Blake and Roddick in 06, then he can play his normal level and switch gear. An they get their second hamburger/sausage (it depends)
This guy will be the best exhibition player ever, with uncanny ability to control the scoreline...
Wow. That's amazingly ridiculous. I suppose he let Baggy take a set off him in Melbourne last year on purpose too? And Rafa at Wimbledon? (and let's not even TALK about Paris). Are you honestly contending that the only reason Roger ever loses a set is because he intends to? Way to raise the "absurd post" bar.
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Re: Why doesn't anyone like Fed-Man?

When I was at the US Open semis, I was almost hoping Davydenko would get a set. When you pay all that money, you want to be out there for a bit.



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and never involves the crowd when he plays ?
WTF ?!?!
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Wow. That's amazingly ridiculous. I suppose he let Baggy take a set off him in Melbourne last year on purpose too? And Rafa at Wimbledon? (and let's not even TALK about Paris). Are you honestly contending that the only reason Roger ever loses a set is because he intends to? Way to raise the "absurd post" bar.
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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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WTF ?!?!
Don't bother to read Rafa's #1 sex-instrument's posts, there's no logics whatsoever in'em.

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