I'm loving this thread. Roger and Rafa have proper respect and nothing but respect (and affection I suppose) for each other, and Rafa is as much a gentleman on and off the court as Roger is.
Thank you so much
- I was feeling insecure about starting this thread at all, but did so because I thought it would be a better idea to discuss Roger & Rafa (or even solely mention his name
) in a separate thread, so anyone who enters it knows what to expect... and those who don't like him are free to ignore it completely.
I love him. In a lesser extent than I love Roger, but I appreciate him for who he is and how he plays his tennis
. Of course I'll root for Roger more and i'll get annoyed and frustrated if he happens to beat Roger again (I hope that won't happen anytime soon again!!) and maybe secretly wishing Rafa will stumble in a couple tournaments so Roger can have his number one back, but I never agree with dissing, dislike, or hating Rafa just because of what he has achieved through his hard works.
That's exactly how I feel about Roger & Rafa as well. You've certainly managed to express it perfectly!
I fell like a brick for Roger when he first appeared on the tour, and he'll always be my personal no. 1 - even more now it looks like Rafa has firmly taken over his reputation as 'The Unbeatable One' - but it is good that Rafa is there at all, for tennis, for the competition, etc. Of course it's sad that Roger one day had to lose the top spot, but it was to happen inevitably, and I'm very happy that it is at least a very friendly, decent fellow who he lost it to.
That said: at least, take back Wimbledon this year, Roger... please?