Originally Posted by tangerine_dream
For me Novak's comments illustrated the huge maturity chasm between Nadal (only 22) and the other young guns who are only a year or so younger than him (the mopey Murray; the needy Novak; the spoiled Gasquet, etc.) Not even Moses could part an ocean wider between them. Rafa is head and shoulders higher than everybody else, emotionally, physically, and mentally.
Since when is it ok to be so obnoxious at that age? on court like Murray, ok - at least the common wisdom is that Murray's a good guy off the court and maybe he's obnoxious wiht his muscle, but I've never seen him pull anything remotely close to what Novak did last night.
IMO, what Novak did is not about age and immaturity. Considering his parents, i'd say it's about how he was raised. Look at Andy - when his parents do come to see him play, and even when he was just a kiddie on the tour, they don't really ever even sit in his box, let alone hollering and hooting like crazies, even when their son is saying among the most poorly-chosen words of his life. But beyond that. Remember the situation with Andy and Ljubicic in 2003? Andy had just turned 21 (that day). Instead of blasting Ljubicic in public, Andy took the complete high road and dealt with it privately. He was obviously fairly mature at that age - at least mature enough to never ever do something like that. Thank god.