Chris Fowler asked Nadal what he thought about Fed hiring Annacone to beat him

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  1. fedfan08

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    So tonight on ESPN we had 20 minutes of Chris Fowler and his man crush on Nadal. At one point in the interview he asked Nadal what he thought of Federer hiring Paul Annacone "to beat him". What a stupid question. Who asks a player what they think of another player's coaching changes? Plus does Fowler really think the only reason Fed hired Annacone was because of Nadal? In 2010 he and Nadal only played each other twice, Nadal winningn once and Fed winning once. Really this guy should be banned from interviews and from calling matches. What an embarrassment.
     
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    He even went as far to say Federer made it clear that is why he hired Annacone. I think Fowler was trying to get a controversial response from Nadal instead of the generic ones most of these players put out. Nadal handled it well. I found it funny because Federer doesn't say ANYTHING about Annacone. He gives no inside info ever.
     
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    Yet there is NO interview or press conference where Federer says that's why he hired Annacone. So Fowler just made it up. He's just a pot stirrer. Like asking Nadal why he flys commerical. There's only one reason he's asking that question (hint: Fed has an endorsement deal with NetJets). I've never heard him ask any other player why they fly a certain way.
     
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    When clowns like Fowler or Wilander are commentating tennis matches or hosting an 'expert' TV show there should be a highly noticable warning mark on the screen so that sane tennis fans could avoid unnecessary brain damage.
     
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    I really wish he would just stick to college football and all that frat-boy rabble. He can get really annoying at times.
     
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  6. Legend of Borg

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    Did he really put it that way?

    I though this was stupidity which only BG was capable of committing.


    I stand corrected.
     
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    Roger has actually talked a little more than usual recently about Paul joining his team, but Rafa has always been a smoothie with the media.

    Advantage of growing up in a sports family.
     
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    Oh dear. That's so tacky. Chris Fowler, go sit down.
     
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    Maybe he's embarrassed that he screwed British Tennis for millions.
    Ooops!
     
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  10. namelessone

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    LOL.

    Most tennis commentators/interviewers I have heard in my life, from various networks(USA/Britain/Spain/Romania) sound like complete dumbasses, who repeat the same cliches, offer no insightful analysis and to top it off, manage to annoy the hell out of their audience with BS like the one spouted above.
     
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    I love it how some Federer fans are starting to sound like jilted lovers just b/c the commentators are going gaga over Rafa's junk. It gets sickening to me at times too, but threads like this are just petty. It's like Fed fans are the jilted ex-lover pissed b/c of the new boyfriend their ex has.
     
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  12. JoelDali

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    Fowler is am epic fail.
     
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    it is a stupid question, because the valid answer is obvious.

    Of course, Federer hired Anacone to help him beat Nadal... as well as to help him beat every other player on tour.

    If anything, the question is an insult to Nadal's intelligence. No one in their right mind would fall in this trap.
     
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  14. bezs

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    High time Nadal got a Anaconda of his own. :twisted:
     
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    "My uncle, Toni can beats that Anaconda guy, no?"
     
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  16. fedfan08

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    Exactly.

    10 char
     
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  17. nadal_slam_king

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    No doubt about that :D
     
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  18. Messarger

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    'Well for sure Federer is an unbelievable player. what he has done for tennis is amazing and like i say many times before he is the best in our history. But maybe he looking to improve more no? In tennis you can always improve so hire Paul to help him with his tennis. I think gonna work really well together no? Annacone experience a lot and sometimes can be important in tough decisions. But for sure i think Toni is there too. So we gonna do our best with 100% focus for this season and try to play my best tennis.'
     
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    Perfect :D
     
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  20. jerriy

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    You said it as a joke but basically Fooler wanted Nadal to pretty much say something along those lines

    And Nadal knew exactly that that was what the sneaky Limey was up to.
     
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    You forgot "Just can say thank you very much" in whatever context :)
     
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    Tell us about this. We don't hear this in the US tennis scene.

    Who is the Limey?
     
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    ^ Sorry I meant Yank :)
     
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    To be honest I think Chris has done a fine job with the tennis commentating. He isn't an expert and doesn't pretend to be one. He has some basic knowledge but usually asks BG or Cahill for the more in depth stuff. If you want to complain about anything, tell ESPN to get rid of Tom Rinaldi and that Chris Mcwatsherface from all tennis coverage.
     
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  25. slice bh compliment

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    He's not a tennis guy, clearly. I met him at a party once. Nice enough guy. Loves tennis. Trying.

    I hate to give him a pass on the bush-league questions and comments, but...my guess is that he is under some pressure to impress. You would not catch an actual tennis broadcaster with a name in tennis asking that kind of stuff. I think the execs push that sort of thing, and Fowler's really perfect for it.
     
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    What was Rafa's reaction?

    It's an idiotic question. After losing to Baghdatis, Soderling and Berdych (twice!) in big events, the last thing Fed was worrying about was Rafael Nadal.
     
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    That's pretty funny. Rafa's responses sometimes remind me of how Tim Robbin's was coached to respond in Bull Durham.
     
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    what is the purpose of interviewing nadal? fowler might as well have just read the back of a box of baking soda for 15 minutes.
     
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    he was the sensible one with Cahill's rubbish. What happened?

    Seriously, do these "experts" even know what it means to be impartial?
     
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  30. sureshs

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    It is not an idiotic question at all. From the YEC, we could easily see that Fed had been focusing on getting more first serves in so as to lessen the Nadal pressure on the second, coming to the net more to avoid long points with Nadal, and most importantly showing off an improved backhand which might be able to keep pace with Nadal's bombardment to that side.

    Clearly, Nadal was the reason Annacone was hired.
     
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    Yeah, it was a very suresh-like question. Idiotic, designed to provoke a controversial remark and meant for nothing more than attracting attention.

    In other words, Chris Fowler is a troll
     
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  32. Semi-Pro

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    Saw the whole thing. At times during the interview Fowler was trying to even downgrade his English vocab just so Rafa would understand some of the stupid questions he was asking.
     
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    On the contrary, I think Federer is just getting more motivated because of all the Rafa love by the media. Fed wants the top ranking back, he want slam titles, and he's going to fight for it. The media kisses Nadal's butt now, but they will always kiss the butt of whoever's on top at the moment.
     
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    Fowler ====== FAIL
     
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    C'mon, don't kid youselves. Of course Federer hired Annacone to help against Nadal.
     
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    I said Federer FANS, not Fed himself, and only some, not all.
     
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    Actually there was an interview where Fed was very open about what changes Annacone has suggested and how he has added that to his game. From memory he said something like "Yea Paul really wanted to have me become more offensive and also more aggressive off the return, he noticed that I chip the ball back on my BH side, as I can do that all day, and he wanted me to hit aggressively. I think it has worked out, and as you can see I am playing really well..."

    BTW I dont think Fowler was trying to jab Nadal or Fed, but thats the major storyline so they need to talk about it to get hype. Nadal was great in the interview and showed me that as a Fed fan that I can still respect and like Nadal as well.

    He asked a question about flying coach because its unusual for a big time athlete to do that. He wasn't trying to send any messages to anyone, because it would be awful hypocritical as I am sure Fowler didnt arrive in coach on a commercial airline
     
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  38. sureshs

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    Obvious to anyone except *******s
     
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    The only reason I dont turn the channel when I see Chris Fowler is because I want to witness the day someone snaps and beats the living **** out of him.

    Fowler is a first class moron and ever since he has come into tennis commentary he perpetually makes a fool of himself with stupid comments. Now days he has just become flat out rude and obnoxious interupting others trying to force his opinions and goad a conflict out of people.
     
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    I can't wait until we have the ability to mix our own sound sources on sporting events.

    Up the on-court mics, down the booth mics.

    It wouldn't be so bad if they could simply SHUT UP while the points are being played. Nobody tunes in to listen to them YAMMER.
     
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    No sh°t, Sherlock?

    The point is that a half truth is also a lie (Fed needs all the help he could get on how to beat Murray and Djoko and Sod and so on and so forth).

    There is a saying that stagnation equals going backwards. In other words there's always something that Fed could learn and could improve and could adapt-to as time goes by and as everyone around him evolves
     
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    Non hard-core tennis fans often enjoy the commentary and tidbits. The networks know that. They can't cater only to a small group of fans.
     
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    He did not attribute those things to Paul though. He stated that he was trying to make those changes. In the last 6 months when someone has tried to give Paul the credit for changes in Federer's game, Federer has been quick to give Luthi credit as well and not put it all on Annacone. And I think that is out of respect for Luthi and the lack of respect Luthi gets from the press and commentators.
     
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    Here is a video of the thing. Real bozo question. Clearly trying to start stuff.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgm8hz_r1-int_sport#from=embed.

    His starting is bad enough. "By retiring Daniel, shortened what would have been a bad beating anyway." Yes every knew it, but it's not very professional to announce it like that. What exactly can Rafa say to that?


    Rafa is hilarious, I love how he says it would be great to face Roger in the final, because it would mean he made it to the final.
     
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    Fowler is a clown who does not know anything about tennis. He ask million of questions to the others while we try to watch tennis....never stop yaking and laughing, mostly to his own jokes or laughing about tennis players. The worst thing he did was a few years ago, while Nalbandian was changing shirt, they were talking about his weight and laughing, when he said to the others, look, look, how he is fat and laughing. If this is not disrespectful to a player, I do not know what is.
     
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    Actually he did. The question was asked "what kinds of thing has Annacone helped you with?" and Federer talked about the more aggressive returns and becoming more aggressive in rallies.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ9dNjczrqI
     
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    agreed 10ch
     
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    I don't think it is petty. It is wrong of Fowler to blatantly make something up out of thin air.
     
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    Not that there was any doubt, but Fowler basically admitted on twitter that he made it up:

    "Fed wouldn't exactly admit it. but a big part of Roger hiring Paul was to bring new ideas vs Rafa. believe it. see London final?"

    http://twitter.com/cbfowler
     
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