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Perhaps I'm missing something, but it seems that Rafa and Nole seem to get along pretty well. Following the insane comments from Djokovic at the French (after losing to Rafa), it seems mutual respect is there. I haven't heard the family say one negative thing about Rafa. Do you think this is because they simply don't like Roger? Or that they realize what Rafa has accomplished is worthy of respect? Or that Rafa is simply the modern day version of Vitas...the man everyone at the top liked, though there was animosity among everyone else?
 

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I haven't heard the family say one negative thing about Rafa. Do you think this is because they simply don't like Roger? Or that they realize what Rafa has accomplished is worthy of respect?
So Nadal (3 times slam champ) would be worthy of respect while Federer (12 times slam champ) not :confused: :scratch:

Interesting... :eek:
 

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Re: Djokoic and Nadal: a Less Contenious Rivalry

Novak Knows that he will never be better than Nadal on clay ever in his career.

Nadal Knows that he will never Ever be better than Novak on hardcourts.

They have this understanding and have accepted it.
 

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Re: Djokoic and Nadal: a Less Contenious Rivalry

No, you have missed something as usual.

Just like the Djokovic- Lendl thing.
 

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OMG Sawan your avarta is gross. :eek:
 

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I think Nadal doesn't care much for Djokovic(based on his answers reg. Djokovic) but is less vocal about it. They keep their distance. Fed usually does that but in case of Novak his dislike has been more apparent than usual:shrug:
 

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Re: Djokoic and Nadal: a Less Contenious Rivalry

Perhaps I'm missing something, but it seems that Rafa and Nole seem to get along pretty well. Following the insane comments from Djokovic at the French (after losing to Rafa), it seems mutual respect is there. I haven't heard the family say one negative thing about Rafa. Do you think this is because they simply don't like Roger? Or that they realize what Rafa has accomplished is worthy of respect? Or that Rafa is simply the modern day version of Vitas...the man everyone at the top liked, though there was animosity among everyone else?
you missed "v" in Djokovic at the title
 

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Federer made some very nasty comments about Nole, which is why his parents dislike Roger. If I were Nole^s father, I would despise Roger too. Also, it seems as though Rafa is a nicer person than Roger. Roger seems to get insulted when someone seriously challenges or beats him. Roger was fortunate that Nole choked away the first two sets of last year^s USO final. Now that Nole has won a Slam, beating Roger in the semis, should give him confidence to win more slams and raise his ranking.
 

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Re: Djokoic and Nadal: a Less Contenious Rivalry

Perhaps I'm missing something, but it seems that Rafa and Nole seem to get along pretty well. Following the insane comments from Djokovic at the French (after losing to Rafa), it seems mutual respect is there. I haven't heard the family say one negative thing about Rafa. Do you think this is because they simply don't like Roger? Or that they realize what Rafa has accomplished is worthy of respect? Or that Rafa is simply the modern day version of Vitas...the man everyone at the top liked, though there was animosity among everyone else?
Or perhaps sawan, they don't view Nadal as a threat to Djokovic reaching no. 1:shrug: Stop reaching sawan. I don't think there's any love/respect between rafa and nole.
 

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Also, it seems as though Rafa is a nicer person than Roger.
Based on what? Your personal taste? :lol: It seems that Roger is well appreciated among the tennis pros, while some seem to have a go at Rafa's antics (Soderling, Mathieu...) :eek:
 

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I don't see how Nadal seems nicer. I like both. I do think there was a good vibes between Nadal and Nole but since he's been making fun of Nadal I don't get that anymore.
 

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Rafa isn't a marked man and he's not the sort of player against whom another player measures himself--except where clay is involved. And, like someone else said, Nole knows that he will never be better than Rafa on clay.
 

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You guys can't imagine how his interviews for Serbian newspapers are different than those for foreign ones. Half of his interviews here were always about how Federer is the goat, great guy... In last interview before AO he mentions both of them, something like : " They say for Federer that he is great sportsman and gentleman. He proves it on and off the court with his gestures and his humanitarian work. He really is a great guy" , " People are wrong about Spaniard. They have wrong impression because he is a bit cocky on court. Maybe it looks like he is cocky, but that's not true. I'm saying this because i know him privately. Rafa is a very, very good boy and one of the few fair-play players left. He is so unspoiled and great sportsman and professional"
 
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They share the same PR man...that's the answer I guess.
 

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In Nole's case then it's most definitely time for him to earn his money.
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I've seen noone mentioning it yet, but I guess Nole and Rafa being closer in age will probably mean that they spent a lot of time together going through junior's tournaments and such - more than with Roger, who is of course of an 'older' generation (how silly does this sound btw, being 26 and being 'older'...)
 

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You guys can't imagine how his interviews for Serbian newspapers are different than those for foreign ones. Half of his interviews here were always about how Federer is the goat, great guy... In last interview before AO he mentions both of them, something like : " They say for Federer that he is great sportsman and gentleman. He proves it on and off the court with his gestures and his humanitarian work. He really is a great guy" , " People are wrong about Spaniard. They have wrong impression because he is a bit cocky on court. Maybe it looks like he is cocky, but that's not true. I'm saying this because i know him privately. Rafa is a very, very good boy and one of the few fair-play players left. He is so unspoiled and great sportsman and professional"
Off the court, Nole and Rafa are very friendly and nice people. On the court, they have this competitve passion that can get the better of them sometimes. As long as it stays that way, I'm fine with the top 3 Tennis has at the moment. It could be much worse.
 

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Re: Djokoic and Nadal: a Less Contenious Rivalry

Federer made some very nasty comments about Nole, which is why his parents dislike Roger. If I were Nole^s father, I would despise Roger too. Also, it seems as though Rafa is a nicer person than Roger. Roger seems to get insulted when someone seriously challenges or beats him. Roger was fortunate that Nole choked away the first two sets of last year^s USO final. Now that Nole has won a Slam, beating Roger in the semis, should give him confidence to win more slams and raise his ranking.
What's between two grown-up people should never be the business of others. Therefore there's no need for Djokovics parents to defend their son. If he and Roger have a problem they should both be able to solve it.
Some people seem to forget that it always takes two persons for an argument. Besides this Roger made the comment you are refering to - I think you mean the comment about the injury timeouts - already when Novak hasn't beat him, therefore it makes no sense when you accuse Roger of just insulting Novak because he challenged or beat him...

And about Novak choking in the US Open final: According to your logic Roger then also must have choked the first set of the AO final as I'm sure you remember that he served for the set.
 

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You guys are creating a mountain out of a mole in this topic.

I think these three players get along well more than we think. I think the respect will always be there.

I think all of them are just being honest during interviews.
 

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What's between two grown-up people should never be the business of others. Therefore there's no need for Djokovics parents to defend their son. If he and Roger have a problem they should both be able to solve it.
Some people seem to forget that it always takes two persons for an argument. Besides this Roger made the comment you are refering to - I think you mean the comment about the injury timeouts - already when Novak hasn't beat him, therefore it makes no sense when you accuse Roger of just insulting Novak because he challenged or beat him...

And about Novak choking in the US Open final: According to your logic Roger then also must have choked the first set of the AO final as I'm sure you remember that he served for the set.
In the USO final, Roger was already a great multi Slam winner. Nole was playing in his first Slam final, had a good lead in both sets but got tight when he had a good chance to win the sets. Roger, being an experienced champion, took advantage of the situation as he should have. Obviously the Djokovic^s are more vocally involved with their son^s tennis than most parents, but they have a right to defend thir 19 YO son when they think he has been unfairly attacked by the older player.
 
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