Now this I actually agree with. He was supposed to be the "goat" but there are so many variables along the way that sometimes it doesn't happen. However his career isn't over yet and I guess I am just one of those people who enjoys watching tennis for the battles that occur on the court. But I don't really care if he becomes number one; that's not important to me as a fan. I just enjoy watching him play- great when he wins and ok when he doesn't.
Do I or will I ever know him personally? No but at least on court and the way he handles himself in the press makes me like him. I had a behind the scenes experience a few years back that made me realize what assholes some of these players really are
And he doesn't strike me as that type of asshole. At least I hope not
And life gives you as many opportunities that you sometimes make yourself
Well he most definitely will never become number one, let alone a GOAT now. I have resigned myself to that and I accept it. But that's him playing on the ATP tour, this was him playing for his country. It's a completely different dimension, totally new dynamics.
And there, this amount of choking is not acceptable. Or this amount of tiredness either. Particularly, when you are you team's best player (or at least best ranked).
Can you imagine a Bryant choking in all 7 matches of the NBA finals? I am not comparing him to Bryant, I am comparing the situations. Or a Messi missing a decisive penalty in a final penalty shoot-out for his team?
That's called letting the team down. And the thing gets worse, because Argentina have never won the damn cup. Had he won this, he would have been the biggest national hero since Maradona.
Nobody really expected a win either, so he could have played without pressure. But then he comes up against Ferrer, starts slowly, regroups by playing some of his best tennis only to become tired at one point. He didn't play for 4 weeks and comes so unprepared for the biggest match of his life?
Then thanks to Nalbandian and Schwank, he gets another chance to redeem himself. Again, nobody expects him to win, and he starts by playing an absolute blinder only to start choking for no apparent reason whatsoever. He repeats that again in the fourth set. One word comes to mind and it's ridiculous.
It's not like he played a peak Nadal either, but rather a subdued one with a tough season behind him. He could and should have won both his rubbers.