Fed Fan: I've come around on Nadal...and like him.

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  1. Wondertoy

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    When he first came on the seen I had little respect for him. I thought his game was an ugly grinding game with severe topspin to outlast anyone on the clay. His unseemly contorted strokes, his picking his ass on the capri pants, his outsized muscles in his wife beater undershirts, his admission that he didn't spend time lifting weights (how did he get those biceps?, all added up to an inferior athlete against the natural talent and artistry of Federer. I disliked him from keeping the French trophy away from my favorite player, Federer. Now after a few years, I have to admit, I love watching Nadal play. First I like his approach to the game, playing every point like it's a match point. I saw him on the practice courts a few years ago at the US Open. He gave 110% chasing balls, hitting ferociously, and he was a very good volleyer, great hands. Then I see him improve every element of his game, his serve, his backhand, his volleys. He is the ultimate competitor and comes out like a fighter dancing and prancing during the coin toss. What I like best about Nadal is his sportsmanship. He never has an excuse for losing, always commends his opponents, didn't even mind when that spectator came out and hugged and kissed him! He said it was alright, no? Always taking the time for autographs. He's genuine and an ambassador to the game. Nowadays at the US Open, he's the one player I look forward most to seeing play live, even more than Federer.
     
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  2. P_Agony

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    I have lost 70% of my respect for Nadal after his behavior in the interviews since his return.
     
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  3. Ledigs

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    Why? What did he say?
     
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    a Nadal-thread and the first 2 replies is from *******s, we seem to have sooo many haters on this site:)
    what I like about Rafa is his will and fighterinstinct, he´s like a pitbull and never surrenders untill the final point has been played. after that he is calm and nice.
    its just a killerinstinct he was born with and nothing you can learn.. he simply wprkes harder than anyone on court and I respect that a lot more than someone who was gifted with talent as Fed.
     
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  5. And still only got 6 games vs DelPo...
     
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  6. namelessone

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    How did you come up with that percentage?
     
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    I gained some respect for him back after reading the nice things Gasquet said about him, so to sum it up I reached 70%.
     
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  8. Cesc Fabregas

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    I lost 70% of respect for you when you said Gasquet is more talented than Nadal.
     
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  9. big bang

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    I guess you think he faked his injury again:)
     
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    the *******s are just crying over Rafa spanking their hero over and over again, nothing else.. they saw Fed crying at AO and now they all do it:)
     
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    This has nothing to do with your dislike of Nadal, really. Unless you enjoy watching demolitions.
     
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  12. namelessone

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    :):):)

    Who in their right mind thinks that Gasquet is more talented than Nadal? Talented at what? Not at tennis that's for sure. Gasquet has been hyped by the "one-hander club" elitists who,for a while,thought that just because he had a beautiful backhand he would be the next Federer.

    The only thing Gasquet does better than Rafa is to have a more aesthetic backhand but that's about it. Ok,I'll throw in the serve but that doesn't mean anything seeing how Rafa's serve is non-existent. Nadal has a much better forehand,a more consistent BH,way better movement and mental toughness(gasquet on the other hand is a mental midget).
    Being flashier doesn't make you more talented. I know at least half a dozen guys who are great when dribling or doing football(soccer) tricks but when you put them on a real field against real opponents they choke like hell. Same with gasquet. He is flashy but incosistent when it comes to the big guys. Talented but he has pretty much wasted his potential.

    To be a good tennis player you need to be consistent first. If you can reach a level of regularity in your game,then you can put on a show. Federer is the best example for this.
     
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  13. ~ZoSo~

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    Thats almost as funny as the 4 games fed took from nadal on that glorious day
     
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  14. I do, when Nadal is the victim!
     
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    A pusher on steroids is very hard to beat on a slow surface :)
     
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  16. Polvorin

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    I like Nadal as long as he isn't winning against Federer!
     
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  17. ~ZoSo~

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    Thats a nice theory but slightly off topic as the thread is about nadal not some imaginary player in your head.
     
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  18. I agree, good post
     
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    says the guy who joined last month...pffffff
     
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    One of the most honest answers in this thread. Nadal wouldn't be as hated around here if he didn't beat Fed though not many will admit to this. If he would have been one of the other gazillion guys which Fed whips regularly he would have been liked a lot more.
     
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    welcome back magician!

    i agree and don't forget the deplorable VAMOSing, the hateful looks across the net, the pathetic intimidation in the locker room.

    the DELPO match was the most enjoyable BEATDOWN i've evr seen (after the Sod one)...
     
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    Speaking of hate. How is the muslim hating working out for you?
     
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  23. Thanx man! :)
    I agree, was a beauty too watch!
     
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    WTF does that have to do with anything?? you do know that september does´nt come after july right??? back to school, thats where you are going!
     
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    Best to ignore that poster. He seems to be under the misguided impression that his longer standing membership equates to respectability.
     
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    Tell me you don't believe what you just wrote. Vamosing? You mean like players who do "come on" 's? What's wrong about that? It's not like he does them on every point,just big points. Hateful looks? Some guys are just concentrated and that's the how their face looks when they focus. They can't smile just because you want them to.

    Intimidation in the locker room?
    If you are a tennis player and you get intimidated by your opponent sprinting around or jumping at the net,then I suggest 2 things: first grow a pair and then get out of this sport. Who the hell would be intimidated by Nadal's warmup routine? Perhaps young players or guys who are very low ranked and have never seen a big player before. The top guys have learned that this is a part of his routine and accept it,only some fickle people ***** about it.
     
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    says the poster who became so ridiculed due to her pathetic, weak posts that she had to come back with a different username...VERONIQUEM
     
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  28. big bang

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    ohh he sure deserves respect, even if he cant name and count the months:)
    bet he knows alot about tennis..
     
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    you know what a figure of speech is? back to school muppet.
     
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    I truly don't care about your respect for me. Lose all 100% for all I care...
     
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    Makes no sense. Vamos means "let's go!" or "come on!"

    Plenty of players say those things. What intimidation in the locker room?
     
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  32. He does, and that is something u Danish cant be blamed for!
     
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  33. ~ZoSo~

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    Uh huh....
    Like i said big bang, its best to ignore this tool. There are one or 2 pathetic haters of feds main conquerer, leave them to their sad obsession is the best thing to do
     
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    yes, but not while staring at your opponent trying to intimidate him...and not at every other point!

    look at federer...when he says come on, he says it to himself...

    it is a well known fact that nadal tries to intimidate opponents in the locker room prior to a match...
     
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    Sorry, but who are you to judge which answer is honset and which isn't? Based on what you like?

    The truth is I had a lot of respect for Nadal, always thought of him as a great role model for young tennis players, thought he was a great champion. Yes, he had his issues, but so does Fed, Murray, etc. They all have their issues. I never liked Nadal's game, it was never appealing to me, but I always appreciated what a great player and a great champion he is. Don't believe me? Go back a few months in this very board and read some comments of mine about Nadal.

    Lately I lost some respect to him, you know why, we already discussed this to death and never agreed on the subject. I didn't like what Nadal said in plenty of the interviews, and for now it remains the same. Doesn't mean I hate the guy - hardly, I can't hate a person I don't even know. I'm sure he's a great guy, but I was disappointed by him a few times lately, that's all.

    I'm sure you'll disagree with just about everything I write here, but this is MY honest answer.
     
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  36. big bang

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    what do you know Mr. "I like to kiss Federer´s A-hole". team up with your Greek friend and eat som kjottbollar og tzatziki and leave the tennis to us adults:)
     
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  37. Yeah touchè man! Go smoke some cannabis, fight, drink beer and take ur ugly women with you.
     
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    nice and honest post, respect
     
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  39. Btw, Danish ppl knows NOTHING about tennis, carlsberg and röööe pölser is ur thing, not tennis.
     
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    Its way past your bedtime, hurry or mama will ground you:)
     
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    Loutish fed fans derailing threads again spewing hatred against anyone who is a threat to their idol. Feds thugish behaviour towards umpires obviously leaving an impression on some of his worshipers.
     
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  42. Yeah, touchè!
     
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    hmm bet thats why we have the currant number 5 on WTA?? whats your highest ranked player?
     
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    I use to hate Nadal also but after watching more and more I started to like Nadal. While I don't like his strokes, and serves, he puts all his effort into it. He works harder than anyone in the ATP.

    Being new here, I noticed there are sooo many people who like Fed. Every time I see a topic with "Who has the best...stroke / serve / etc" Federer has like 40 votes and everyone else has less than 5. =/ What is up with this?
     
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    you are right, why waste time on these ignorant kids..
     
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    obsessed *******s thats whats up..
     
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  47. WTA is not even tennis, WTA is the tour of chokers and screamers and tantrums.
    LOL!!!!! AND THERE was your mistake! Caroline has had a Swedish coach for 6 years u jackass!
     
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  48. Cesc Fabregas

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    Is it because I own you on every single argument? Or is it because I like Sampras and Nadal?
     
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    Fed would beat usain bolt in 100m sprint if you did a poll here.
     
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    I'm not judging anybody but I have read enough of these boards to see that some Fed fans find excuses to ***** about every little thing Nadal says or does,especially since he started to go up in the rankings and especially since he beat Fed a few times. At first it was "he is just a claycourter". Then he made it in grass. Then it was "they slowed the grass down,he'll never win on HC"(ignoring the fact that Fed won his WB's on slow grass). Then he won HC slam and their answer was that Fed gave the match away.

    But I digress. Most of the reasons these people give for hating Nadal are childish,like the fact that he has greasy hair(does he?),he tuggs his back area,he looks mean on court(stares down at his opponents),jumping around before the match(who the hell gets intimidated by that?),adjusting bottles,fist pumping,isn't opinionated enough(though they ***** when he says what he feels about his game on a particular day,doping,the calendar etc) and so on. I can understand the fact that some find his game boring,that they don't like the time-wasting etc. Those are related to tennis. But I don't think it's a coincidence that the guys who pick on Nadal's appearance/on-court and off-court demeanour are usually Fed fans or fanatics should I say. That it why I said that Polvorin's response seemed like the most honest one. If you like player x and player y beats him and you are a fanatic of player x you will usually find things to hate about player y,even little meaningless things. Same goes for Nadal fans who are on the Fed is arrogant/gay/is ugly/has a fat wife bandwagon. They hate Fed though most of them won't admit it,probably because Fed's domination made tennis boring for them.
     
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