- win or lose. You wonder why.
Nadal is too polite to do to Djokovic what Federer does. But he tends to shower his top opponents with praise and warm words - Federer, Murray, whohaveyou - while he never does with Djokovic.Nadal seems okay with Djokovic. Kind of obvious it's not the same with Federer though.
That’s not true. Nadal gives Djokovic a lot of praise. Maybe you haven’t been paying attention.Nadal is too polite to do to Djokovic what Federer does. But he tends to shower his top opponents with praise and warm words - Federer, Murray, whohaveyou - while he never does with Djokovic.
Djokovic, by contrast, tries so hard to be liked, to a point that is almost embarassing: after beating Nadal in a tourney earlier this year, for example, he thought he had to call Nadal the "greatest of all time and a very close friend".
OK, after Wimbledon he said Djokovic is the #1 and not bothered by his (Nadal's) game. But this was purely factual. It doesn't feel the same like with the other players. For example Andy Murray, where Nadal said 50 times how sorry he was that Murray lost (to him, Nadal) and what a great champion and dangerous opponent Murray was who one day would surely.....That’s not true. Nadal gives Djokovic a lot of praise. Maybe you haven’t been paying attention.
I didn't get that Rafa disliked Nole at all. After the Murray match, Rafa joked about how Nole had beaten him the last 5 times they played! He said, he's trying to come-up with a solution?I think it is clear Nadal's opinion has changed about him, maybe an element of sour grapes but also Djokovic carries himself differently now. As Egreen said Djokovic is an extrovert, I don't think it is unusual for introverts to be put off by the perosnality of an extrovert, particularly one that is such an attention seeker. When someone forces it that much it usually has the opposite effect than they intend.
It was easy to like Djokovic before this year, despite his family. He was alwaus very gracious in defeat. Now he is making it very difficult, as we saw yesterday with his play to the crowd and extremely poor reaction to Federer's mishit at 5-3 in the fifth.