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Re: Why does the French Open crowd love Andy Roddick but not Rafael Nadal?

Its cause they prefer you over Linda.
 

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Re: Why does the French Open crowd love Andy Roddick but not Rafael Nadal?

Probably they are tired of Nadal by now.
 

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Re: Why does the French Open crowd love Andy Roddick but not Rafael Nadal?

Well, Andy does get along well with Grosjean. :shrug:
 

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Re: Why does the French Open crowd love Andy Roddick but not Rafael Nadal?

Roddick has always been very "French friendly", even before he began wearing Lacoste.

He's also good pals with Grosjean, who is part of the rare fraternity of "set stealers" from Nadal at RG.

Monfils also attempted to serve in the same vein as Roddick, and you can see similarities in their service style.

Expect their 4th round clash to be very loud and awesome :yeah:
 

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Re: Why does the French Open crowd love Andy Roddick but not Rafael Nadal?

Roddick it´s more likeable character. It´s an honest guy, he doesn´t try to be likeable.
 

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Re: Why does the French Open crowd love Andy Roddick but not Rafael Nadal?

Ask Sawan.

If you want a serious answer, getting booed for retiring is not uncommon from some French fans, so Nadal is hardly alone, nor does that specific incident reveal any consistent dislike of him.

How do you conclude that the French crowd loves Roddick?
 

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The French are bored of Nadal's tiresome monopoly over their prestigious Coupe De Musketeers.
 

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Re: Why does the French Open crowd love Andy Roddick but not Rafael Nadal?

I have seen a few threads on this topic. I guess it is more like how you relate to a particular player. That's why Fed is liked a lot (and perhaps Roddick too). They have pleasant games and the french love artistic games.

Anyway who cares about who is liked more? It's results that we all care about. Roger can be liked a lot by many people, but at the end of his career if he can't win one RG title, no body would care about how much of a fan favorite he was. Everyone would talk about his inability to win the RG.

So long as Rafael is winning the title, thats all he should care for (and not to win some worthless popularity contest).
 

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Roddick is protected by the media and he is white Nadal is not completely white,but all americans whose families have been in USA for 300 yrs are not completely white the are a melting pot of ethnicities blacks,natives,chinese and god knows what.:p
 

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I have seen a few threads on this topic. I guess it is more like how you relate to a particular player. That's why Fed is liked a lot (and perhaps Roddick too). They have pleasant games and the french love artistic games.
What part of Roddick's game is artistic?
 

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Re: Why does the French Open crowd love Andy Roddick but not Rafael Nadal?

What part of Roddick's game is artistic?
The movement on the clay.

But it's not like Kohli said, if Roddick or any player throws their racquet or tantrums, then they will get on his case.
 

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The crowd at the French will turn in a second, its ugly & It is meaningless.:lol:
 

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I think the French have liked Andy since he first came to play in RG. They like gutsy players with heart, and I watched the match he had with Chang there. Andy had an emotional breakdown and fought on to win the match; the crowd respected that, and they continue to push for Roddick whenever he shows up.
 

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Probably they are tired of Nadal by now.
They did not like him from his first RG :shrug: because he beat their precious Federer. French crowd loves Federer and Ivanovic (do the Frenchies have a thing for Swiss?) thus they don't like anybody who beat or can beat them. I guess they know Roddick is no threat to Rogi ;)
 

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The thing about Roland Garros is that the crowds are usually more well knowledged in average than the other grandslams. They know about the rules of the tennis and understands Nadal's use of gamesmanship in all of his matches.
 

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I think also a big part of it is that the French have never really liked Spaniards. They never embraced Ferrero, Costa, Sergei, etc. They have traditionally ranged from indifferent to hostile to Spanish players. I don't know why there is so much ethnic prejudice but it seems to be there and strong.

Tommy Robredo was asked about the Paris crowds this year and he said that he thought they were knoweledgeable about tennis but he wished they would not be so hostile to Spanish players. So it seems like the Spanish players know that the French will be prone to disliking Spanish players for the sin of....being Spanish.

Also the French crowd chooses who they hate from the get go. Rarely- like with Maria - they switch. But they have always hated the Williams Sisters, have always hated Nadal, always hated Hingis, etc. They seem to enjoy hating rather than being positive at times it seems. A perfect fit for MTF- where hate is more applauded than being positive.

All that grumpiness stated - a lot of the French players seem to be very positive and have a good relation with their fellow players- regardless of where they are from. I think, in particular, Monfils is widely liked by players from all countries.
 
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