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Anyone see Rafa's Press Conference?

Langers
07-04-2007, 01:07 PM
Gold! :lol:

Doesn't think too highly of Soderling that's for sure. ;)

And he aid Wimbledon doesn't treat the players too well (handling of rain delays).

MCL
07-04-2007, 01:09 PM
I saw his interview on ESPN - apparently Soderling has been a jerkoff to him for a while.

JustJames
07-04-2007, 01:09 PM
:eek: What did he say about Soderling? [Got a link to the transcipt?]

Langers
07-04-2007, 01:11 PM
:eek: What did he say about Soderling? [Got a link to the transcipt?]
Said about how he’s not the nicest guy in the locker room, and how he barely touched his hand when shaking hands at the net. A few more things too.

JBdV
07-04-2007, 01:13 PM
Said about how he’s not the nicest guy in the locker room, and how he barely touched his hand when shaking hands at the net. A few more things too.

:eek: What an evil person :sad:

CyBorg
07-04-2007, 01:14 PM
Bad, bad, bad person!

laure xxx
07-04-2007, 01:15 PM
Very very bad man.

nobama
07-04-2007, 01:16 PM
Said about how he’s not the nicest guy in the locker room, and how he barely touched his hand when shaking hands at the net. A few more things too.
:bigcry:

scarecrows
07-04-2007, 01:17 PM
Soderling is very bad man for not shaking hand to my Rafa :(

Langers
07-04-2007, 01:18 PM
Federer fans... :rolleyes:

Byrd
07-04-2007, 01:18 PM
Nadal still angry after Soderling left the toilet seat up.

Clara Bow
07-04-2007, 01:19 PM
:eek: What did he say about Soderling? [Got a link to the transcipt?]

In the ESPN interview he said that before the match today he has said "hi" to Robin around ten times in the locker room and Robin has always ignored him. He also mentioned that he has heard from other players that Robin has done similar stuff to them. I imagine Ferrer- who Robin repeatedly said "fuck you" to during a match (maybe Dubai) has also given Rafa some stories.

I should not find this stuff as entertaining as I do. I don't want the ATP to be comprised of a bunch of jerks who hate each other and I like when the players are friendly- but a little bit of tension in the locker room can add spice at times.

Clara Bow
07-04-2007, 01:20 PM
:bigcry:

Roger has had some choice words about Robin after a match in 2005 I believe. Did you use the crying emotion then? ;)

dorkgirl
07-04-2007, 01:21 PM
It's more than a couple of people now who have said Soderling is a bit of a jerk to be around.

bokehlicious
07-04-2007, 01:21 PM
Roger has had some choice words about Robin after a match before. Did you use the crying emotion then. ;)

Is that thread about Federer ? :confused: you obsessive Nadal fan :p ;)

MCL
07-04-2007, 01:22 PM
Even as a Rafa fan, I didn't think Soderling's behavior during the match was that awful. The "incident" was funny.

:secret: Had he done it to Federer though, some people here would be petitioning to ban him from the tour.

JustJames
07-04-2007, 01:22 PM
In the ESPN interview he said that before the match today he has said "hi" to Robin around ten times in the locker room and Robin has always ignored him. He also mentioned that he has heard from other players that Robin has done similar stuff to them. I imagine Ferrer- who Robin repeatedly said "fuck you" to during a match (maybe Dubai) has also given Rafa some stories.

I should not find this stuff as entertaining as I do. I don't want the ATP to be comprised of a bunch of jerks who hate each other and I like when the players are friendly- but a little bit of tension in the locker room can add spice at times.

Thanks for the info..

Yeah I agree with you there. When you hear about the Connors/Mcenroe rivalry [and others from that era] it kind of makes you wish that we had some of those in today's game... which it now appears that we do :lol: It does indeed add a little extra 'spice' to the matches [i.e I always look forward to any Nadal/Berdych match-ups...!]

Soderling is the saviour of post-millenium tennis! :worship:

Dina
07-04-2007, 01:22 PM
:bigcry:

shouldn't you be jerking off to your Federer poster:rolleyes:

Or Levy
07-04-2007, 01:23 PM
Soderling may be a prick, but I wish Rafa would own up to his part of things. He was making fun of Soderling before he imitated him, and Soderling was only doing what Rafa had done a 1000 times, stalled.

nobama
07-04-2007, 01:25 PM
shouldn't you be jerking off to your Federer poster:rolleyes::lol: I'm sorry but for such a tough guy Nadal can be such a baby sometimes. OK Soderling doesn't like him, fine just channel that energy into kicking his ass. You'd think Nadal of all players would be able to use that to his advantage.

bokehlicious
07-04-2007, 01:25 PM
:secret: Had he done it to Federer though, some people here would be petitioning to ban him from the tour.

Why would he behave like this against Roger ? Is Roger known for delaying the game ? :confused: :scratch:

RonE
07-04-2007, 01:25 PM
Soderling may be a prick, but I wish Rafa would own up to his part of things. He was making fun of Soderling before he imitated him, and Soderling was only doing what Rafa had done a 1000 times, stalled.

Come on now, didn't you know in MTF Nadal is always a sweet innocent angel incapable of any wrong doing on his part. :baby:

Soderling is a right arsehole, but this is not exactly a newsflash.

Rafa = Fed Killa
07-04-2007, 01:27 PM
shouldn't you be jerking off to your Federer poster:rolleyes:

What do you think the Fedtards are doing right now.

They are having a circle jerk with Soderling and Federers posters in the middle.

Sad freaks.

rocketassist
07-04-2007, 01:28 PM
Why would he behave like this against Roger ? Is Roger known for delaying the game ? :confused: :scratch:

Roger dislikes Soderling and that's been said a few times.

MariaV
07-04-2007, 01:28 PM
Thanks for the info..

Yeah I agree with you there. When you hear about the Connors/Mcenroe rivalry [and others from that era] it kind of makes you wish that we had some of those in today's game... which it now appears that we do :lol: It does indeed add a little extra 'spice' to the matches [i.e I always look forward to any Nadal/Berdych match-ups...!]

Soderling is the saviour of post-millenium tennis! :worship:

:lol:
Nadal vs Berdych matchup might happen soon again in the QF should Rafa get past Youzhny. ;)

bokehlicious
07-04-2007, 01:29 PM
Roger dislikes Soderling and that's been said a few times.

Obviously not for same reasons... :)

Kolya
07-04-2007, 01:32 PM
Nadal should go to Soderling and say "You bad man you very bad man" (Quoting Babu Bhatt from Seinfeld).

shotgun
07-04-2007, 01:39 PM
Well, that was a bit like Gonzalez saying that stuff about Coria after their match in Madrid 2005.

It's ok, if you want to bad-mouth your opponent to the press, at least make sure you won the match. It's better being a sore winner than a sore loser. Nadal seems to have learnt the lesson. :yeah:

RonE
07-04-2007, 01:39 PM
Nadal should go to Soderling and say "You bad man you very bad man" (Quoting Babu Bhatt from Seinfeld).

And he should add the finger wave just for good measure :haha:

Heavenseventeen
07-04-2007, 01:40 PM
What do you think the Fedtards are doing right now.

They are having a circle jerk with Soderling and Federers posters in the middle.
Sad freaks.

:worship: Thanks for making me :lol:

Kolya
07-04-2007, 01:41 PM
And he should add the finger wave just for good measure :haha:

:lol:

It would be just as funny with the finger and that Spanish accent!!!

Blue Heart24
07-04-2007, 01:45 PM
In the ESPN interview he said that before the match today he has said "hi" to Robin around ten times in the locker room and Robin has always ignored him. He also mentioned that he has heard from other players that Robin has done similar stuff to them. I imagine Ferrer- who Robin repeatedly said "fuck you" to during a match (maybe Dubai) has also given Rafa some stories.

I should not find this stuff as entertaining as I do. I don't want the ATP to be comprised of a bunch of jerks who hate each other and I like when the players are friendly- but a little bit of tension in the locker room can add spice at times.

:haha: :haha: :haha:

So who is more dumb?
The one who said the same thing 10 times,or the one ignoring it?

trixtah
07-04-2007, 01:48 PM
Soderling is very bad man for not shaking hand to my Rafa :(

Keep talking like that and you're going to believe it :D

:haha: :haha: :haha:

So who is more dumb?
The one who said the same thing 10 times,or the one ignoring it?

The anonymous one on the forum thinking he's better than either.

Skyward
07-04-2007, 01:56 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha:

So who is more dumb?
The one who said the same thing 10 times,or the one ignoring it?

LOL. Too bad Rios is not around.

Kolya
07-04-2007, 02:33 PM
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2007-07-04/200707041183555324187.html

Soderling's interview.

Or Levy
07-04-2007, 02:45 PM
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2007-07-04/200707041183555324187.html

Soderling's interview.

Good stuff.

Shabazza
07-04-2007, 02:46 PM
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2007-07-04/200707041183555324187.html

Soderling's interview.

Agree with him on this one.

mangoes
07-04-2007, 02:48 PM
I was just about to ask if Soderling's interview was read......... I am not a Soderling fan, but I can understand why he got annoyed. As he stated, he has waited on Nadal several times as he took his time. The one time Nadal has to wait on him, Nadal starts shaking his head and acting annoyed. And it was for that reason, I think Nadal earned that response. Neither guy was a saint in this whole thing. Nevertheless, above all, I'd like to thank the both of them for providing some laughter on an otherwise gloomy/boring day of tennis.

It is time for the Umpires to keep Nadal within time limits. Even the commentators on ESPN had to discuss this fact and they even thought the Umpires need to start saying something to Nadal. Or as Brad Gilbert suggested in brief, maybe someone needs to bring a big clock out on court for Nadal.

Clara Bow
07-04-2007, 02:52 PM
I have to say- although I do think Robin can be a prick- that was a pretty class interview by him considering.

I did have to giggle at the "I could say things but won't" but over all he did a great job of not taking the bait.

Metis
07-04-2007, 02:52 PM
This match (combined with the locker room drama and the MTF reactions and comments) has been like a soap opera that never ends. :lol:


Sensible attitude from Soderling in the interview given he was the loser.

mangoes
07-04-2007, 02:55 PM
I have to say- although I do think Robin can be a prick- that was a pretty class interview by him.

I did have to giggle at the "I could say things but won't" but over all he did a great job of not taking the bait.

I agree CB. I was also a bit shocked, but good for him for not biting...

ExpectedWinner
07-04-2007, 02:59 PM
ROBIN SODERLING: I mean, I have nothing to say. I mean, I can talk about him as a player, but I don't even know him outside the court.

If MTF memebers realized that they know nothing about players off the court, the amount of useless, :retard:ed posts would have been decreased by about 80%.

Kitty de Sade
07-04-2007, 03:00 PM
Taking the bait was a good way to put it. The interviewer was jonesing for it, basically asking the same question over and over. What did he expect him to do, confirm that he and Nadal were set for a parking lot boxing match later in the day? :lol:

Sunset of Age
07-04-2007, 04:02 PM
I have to say- although I do think Robin can be a prick- that was a pretty class interview by him considering.

I did have to giggle at the "I could say things but won't" but over all he did a great job of not taking the bait.

Yep. Looks like the Sod has more class off court than on court.
Hope the gents will be able to sort out their problems in a mature way - but from what I've been reading, if even Fed doesn't like the Sod, he sure must be quite a bit of an arse...

RedFury
07-04-2007, 04:28 PM
Taking the bait was a good way to put it. The interviewer was jonesing for it, basically asking the same question over and over. What did he expect him to do, confirm that he and Nadal were set for a parking lot boxing match later in the day? :lol:

Which would have lasted all of one Nadal forehand (right-cross in boxing terms) to that a-hole's chin. Too bad he can't risk breaking a knuckle, 'cause it would certainly have been deserved.

Forget the dickwad and go forth young man.

Vamos Rafa!

MariaV
07-04-2007, 04:35 PM
Which would have lasted all of one Nadal forehand (right-cross in boxing terms) to that a-hole's chin. Too bad he can't risk breaking a knuckle, 'cause it would certainly have been deserved.


:rolls: :yeah:

merlin
07-04-2007, 05:03 PM
:lol: I'm sorry but for such a tough guy Nadal can be such a baby sometimes. OK Soderling doesn't like him, fine just channel that energy into kicking his ass. You'd think Nadal of all players would be able to use that to his advantage.

Ummm.... He won, so...

I think you're confusing Nadal's fans being babies with Nadal being a baby.

Also, forgetting about the ominously named "incident," I'm surprised no one here has commented on Soderling directing fist pumps straight at Rafa after winning a point. He did that a number of times, and often on meaningless points or Rafa's errors. Out of the two, it was painfully obvious that Soderling was being more petty and antagonistic. That said, I found it endlessly entertaining. I love matches filled with emotional tension.

Mistaflava
07-04-2007, 05:13 PM
:lol: I'm sorry but for such a tough guy Nadal can be such a baby sometimes. OK Soderling doesn't like him, fine just channel that energy into kicking his ass. You'd think Nadal of all players would be able to use that to his advantage.



are you the dumbest poster on MTF? Isn't that exactly what Nadal did? Ignore him and kick his ass? Sometimes I think you type with your toes and speak with your ass.

The_Nadal_effect
07-04-2007, 05:35 PM
are you the dumbest poster on MTF? Isn't that exactly what Nadal did? Ignore him and kick his ass? Sometimes I think you type with your toes and speak with your ass.

:haha: :haha:

Vintage Mistaflava post!

Shuukaido
07-04-2007, 06:09 PM
The truth is that Robin 'I mean' Soderling's press conference was very elegant.

I just heard Nadal conference in spanish, and i can understand that the traduction of it seems a bit harsh, but if you could listen the original you would know that all that Nadal wants is a little of love in the court (sorrys after net points, replied hellos, concern after a fall).

Said this, I admit that he spends too much time in his service and sometimes when he returns.

aussie_fan
07-04-2007, 06:46 PM
After reading Soderling and Nadal's press conferences, it was only nadal the one that was complaining. the journalist get at soderling asking questions about nadal but he didn't want anything to do with it while nadal was very happy to have his little bitch. I don't think rafa actually sees what he does on court and how other people can find it annoying.

The Pro
07-04-2007, 07:18 PM
It doesn't surprise me that Nadal had a go at Soderling to the press. For a start, players do this quite often. Sometimes they mince their words, sometimes they don't.

Nadal is guilty of being pissy and sanctimonious sometimes, like with Berdych, but it seems he has a very specific idea of how people should conduct themselves on court -handshakes, courtesy, etc; (obviously he doesn't do too much looking inward though or he'd have something to say about his own timekeeping).

But it doesn't surprise me that Soderling had little to say. He was the one who was being an ass, taking the piss out of Nadal, lack of sportsmanship (as opposed to the gamesmanship on Nadal's side) incongruent fist pumping...

I mean what would Soderling say about Nadal? He's already said that other players are annoyed at him, so he's hardly not saying his piece either.

tangerine_dream
07-04-2007, 07:31 PM
I saw his interview on ESPN - apparently Soderling has been a jerkoff to him for a while.
Soderling is a dickhead to pretty much everybody.

It's not surprising to see why Soderling's weak character is so admirable to the Fedtards. He thinks he's the big man on campus when he mocks Nadal's ass picking but he's not man enough to look Nadal in the eye and shake his hand properly when Nadal puts him in his place. :tears:

He's a real clown hero, that Soderling.

are you the dumbest poster on MTF? Isn't that exactly what Nadal did? Ignore him and kick his ass? Sometimes I think you type with your toes and speak with your ass.
:haha: Classic.

Tess Gray
07-04-2007, 07:37 PM
what happened between Soderling and Roger? I know it's off topic but just wondering...:)

Marek.
07-04-2007, 07:40 PM
It's not surprising to see why Soderling's weak character is so admirable to the Fedtards.

What's that supposed to mean?:confused: You never seem to fail mentioning Fedtards in your posts.

scarecrows
07-04-2007, 07:42 PM
What's that supposed to mean?:confused: You never seem to fail mentioning Fedtards in your posts.

she's been suffering their joy all these years

wcr
07-04-2007, 08:31 PM
Even as a Rafa fan, I didn't think Soderling's behavior during the match was that awful. The "incident" was funny.

:secret: Had he done it to Federer though, some people here would be petitioning to ban him from the tour.

Federer's not known for stalling. Soderling could pretend he was tucking his hair under an imaginery head scarf. That, and twirling his racket, is about all he's got to work with when it comes to Federer.

nobama
07-04-2007, 08:56 PM
:haha: Classic.I don't think you'll be laughing when your boy gets his ass handed to him in the SF (or better yet QF). :devil:

marcRD
07-04-2007, 08:56 PM
I think Nadal shouldnt whine so much about how other players behave in his interviews. I remember when he called Federer a bad loser in ROme and that he didnt behave good and should learn how to lose, thing you should keep to yourself. Söderling behaved surprisingly good in his interview (when thinking of his bad temper) even en beeing the one who lost the match.

TankingTheSet
07-04-2007, 09:09 PM
The interviewer of Soderling was an absolute disgrace. Saying flat in the face to a professional tennis player that "nobody likes you" is utter stupidity, if he is a journalist he should be sacked.

JMG
07-04-2007, 09:25 PM
I remember how Söderling owned Federer in Halle with this ace and following staredown, after Federer behaved like a jackass before.

Tnn74
07-04-2007, 09:38 PM
are you the dumbest poster on MTF? Isn't that exactly what Nadal did? Ignore him and kick his ass? Sometimes I think you type with your toes and speak with your ass.

:worship: :yeah:

Q. After the Nadal/Soderling match, Soderling raised and issue about Nadal's delaying tactics. What is Nadal's reputation as far as the pace of his play, and does it ever get to you when you play him?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. It hasn't bothered me when I faced him. You know, don't ask me a question that you know the answer to. It's been brought up before. But it doesn't bother me when we play.

Geniey2g
07-04-2007, 10:46 PM
LOL @ Soderling's expletive use here; I can't believe that's up on the official site (!)



Q. Rafael is saying that he tried to say hello to you. You never answer. Try to shake hands with you. You almost did not want to. Almost nobody in the locker room is speaking good about you. :lol: ("Dude, everyone hates you; how does that make you feel?")

ROBIN SODERLING: I would never say that about anyone on the press conference. I mean, that's what he said. I mean, I could say the same. I could talking shit about a lot of people, but I won't do that.

Geniey2g
07-04-2007, 10:48 PM
The interviewer of Soderling was an absolute disgrace. Saying flat in the face to a professional tennis player that "nobody likes you" is utter stupidity, if he is a journalist he should be sacked.
I thought it was quite comical, actually. :tape:(see above)

Auscon
07-04-2007, 11:19 PM
Bit of a whinge....unhappy because Soderling didn't wave when he won a let point or checked to see if he was ok when he went down at the net

Who gives a stuff?

I for one hate how players apologize when they've won a letcord point...why? Just means their shot wasn't bad enough to go into the net. Nobody's ever actually sorry, so whats the point?

star
07-04-2007, 11:30 PM
I have to say- although I do think Robin can be a prick- that was a pretty class interview by him considering.

I did have to giggle at the "I could say things but won't" but over all he did a great job of not taking the bait.

I thought so too. :) I saw that portion on TV and Robin looked pretty cute too. :)

I think Robin knows he sometimes acts like a jerk. He's got a bit of a temper and it comes out in matches. It's not the worst thing in the world.

He should have been more of a man at the net though. :( I know he wasn't happy with Nadal, but he could have been a better sport.

star
07-04-2007, 11:34 PM
I don't think you'll be laughing when your boy gets his ass handed to him in the SF (or better yet QF). :devil:

:hug: :hug: awwwwww Getting more and more irritable as Rafa gets closeer, are we? It's tough to pathologically identify with a player, isn't it? :kiss:

star
07-04-2007, 11:38 PM
are you the dumbest poster on MTF? Isn't that exactly what Nadal did? Ignore him and kick his ass? Sometimes I think you type with your toes and speak with your ass.


This cannot be quoted enough. :worship:

wcr
07-05-2007, 03:07 AM
Bit of a whinge....unhappy because Soderling didn't wave when he won a let point or checked to see if he was ok when he went down at the net

Who gives a stuff?

I for one hate how players apologize when they've won a letcord point...why? Just means their shot wasn't bad enough to go into the net. Nobody's ever actually sorry, so whats the point?

The hand wave is part of the culture of tennis along with the rules of the game that specify how much time players are entitled to take during change overs, and, that the pace of the game is set by the player who serves and not the one who receives. Like you, I think the hand wave is disingenuous and wish it would go away.

Speaking of disingenuous, it's hardly appropriate for Rafa to demand an apology from an opponent who doesn't give him a hand wave when Rafa never apologizes to his opponents or, even more important, the chair umpire when he violates the rules of the game. The rules are quite clear and Rafa violates them plenty. Even the commentators remarked about Rafa Time during this match. The warnings and point pentalties and so forth are at the discretion of chair umpires who hear what commentators say and read post match interviews and, more importantly, suffer through contentious matches. It's just not smart of Rafa to bring up matters such as these during his press conferences. He's much better off winning the match and letting sleeping dogs lie.