Federer "gamesmanship" and Nadal gamesmanship+cheating were not the same.

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  1. TheTruth

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    I've called no one a cheater anywhere in my posts. I don't do that.

    I likened the two incidences as examples. I think it's totally plausible for Nadal to take an injury timeout considering his injuries.

    I remember the bathroom incident, but wasn't posting at the time. When I go and look back during that period I see two threads about the bathroom incidents, and the same morally outraged posters who decry Nadal as a cheat, laughing Fed's antics off.

    I'm not the one trying to have it both ways. Far from it.
     
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  2. Rippy

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    Federer did not admit to using gamesmanship. Read what he actually said, not what you think he "really meant" by his comments.
     
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    When Fed is losing, if Fed isn't taking bathroom breaks, he is always trying to find something stupid to intimidate the umpire with like his displeasure of the challenge system or whining about his opponent grunting(Bozo match), etc. When Nadal is losing he just focuses on the ball and just gets on with competing versus his opponent and doesn't try to intimidate or influence the umpire in stupid ways like Fed does.
     
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  4. BreakPoint

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    Because Nadal was blown off of the court so quickly in all of those matches that by the time the trainer made it out to the court, the match was already over.
     
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  5. BreakPoint

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    Amount of Slams that Federer won by faking an injury and calling the trainer to stop his opponents' momentum: ZERO.
     
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  6. casual_fan

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    Nadal is a choker now? I thought he was a warrior. Which one is it..a choking warrior?:)
     
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  7. Bud

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    There are 7 rounds in each GS tournament :oops:

    He didn't say finals
     
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    IW 07 against Canas. Whether it was gamesmanship/cheating or whether he had blisters on his feet as he said, he went on to lose in straights - 7-5 6-2, I think.
     
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  9. casual_fan

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    The finals don't count in that 7 rounds? So if you win the semis, you get the trophy?
     
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  10. Bud

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    His point was... at least 1 of his 7 opponents in every GS tournament choked... and Federer went on to win the tournament.
     
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  11. catspaw

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    Illogical. If Nadal or anyone else didn't choke in the finals, then he won those slams without his opponents choking whatever may have happened in earlier rounds.
     
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  12. TheTruth

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    Exactly!

    He does it all the time, but people don't seem to see it, or it's different when he does it, LOL!
     
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  13. TheTruth

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    Thank you.

    I'm not calling anyone a cheater. I'm just saying I've seen plenty of questionable tactics from Fed for people to be running around here calling Nadal a cheat and ignoring everything Fed does. It's just the double standards that are so irritating.
     
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  14. Bud

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    Come on use your brain. Amazing I have to explain this again...

    If his opponent in round 1 chokes the match away (i.e. Falla) and Federer wins that round and then the tournament then he didn't win the tournament without an opponent choking.

    So, according to your statement, gamesmanship is OK as long as you lose... and you have the nerve to call others illogical? :lol:

    The hypocrisy in this forum by fedfanatics™ is simply unbelievable... and the hypocrites don't even understand why they are hypocrites.
     
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    I AM using my brain, thank you. Are you using yours? If a player wins a final without the opponent choking, all previous chokes are frankly irrelevant. Perhaps you should be a little more precise with your wording. And, if Fed has never won a slam without an opponent choking somewhere along the line, surely that also applies to just about anyone who's won a slam (I grant you that players don't really get the chance to choke against Nadal at RG). So, if Nadal goes on to win Wimbledon this year, would it be fair to say that he only won because at least one opponent choked (let's use Petzchner as an example, shall we, especially as Nadal did absolutely nothing to unsettle him?)?


    How on earth did you draw that conclusion from my statement!!! Somebody asked a question. I answered it and added the circumstances surrounding the match, including what was conjectured at the time and the result. I was simply reporting facts. Where did I say gamesmanship's OK as long as you lose?? For what it's worth, I don't like gamesmanship full stop - from anybody - whatever the end result of the match. I think your own powers of logic are a bit suspect here.
     
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  16. Bud

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    Why are they irrelevant?

    If an early round opponent didn't choke Federer would never have played the final.

    Again, that was his point.
     
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    They're irrelevant for several reasons:

    a) choking happens all the time; it's not something peculiar to Fed's matches so shouldn't be brought into the equation re: Fed - you could say it about just about anyone who's ever won a slam.

    b) the word "choke" tends to be thrown at anyone who loses after being in a position to win. It's a very subjective judgement.

    c) and probably most importantly, tennis is, more than anything, a mental game. Wasn't it Boris Becker who said that it's 90% mental and only 10% physical? It's part of the package and, if you can't stop yourself getting the yips, then you don't deserve to win, whoever you are and whomever you're playing.
     
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  18. Bud

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    Some valid points but a choke is a choke... and again that was his point ;-)
     
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    Players choke. It is just something that exists, and won't be going away as long as the sport exists.

    Both Federer and Nadal have won matches with players choking against them, but so have many other greats in the past. But that is part of the game.

    He who has all his weapons by his side will always be in a good position to win, this includes the mind - the most powerful weapon of them all.
     
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    LOOOOOOOOOOOL now Nadal fans are REALLY grasping at straws :lol:
     
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    Anyone who follows Roger knows his interviews with Courier aren't serious.And this is further evidenced by the fact that Roger was already there on court when the the umpire called time.And AGAIN where exactly this lovely admission came,you have still not shown us..
     
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    Rafa is like the German national team. He's a winner.
     
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  23. Hitman

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    Lets see what happens when they face Argentina...
     
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    Don't get me wrong. I'm supporting Argentina. Messi:twisted:.
     
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  25. Hitman

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    I'm supporting them all the way. Maradona - Messi - red hot combination! :twisted:
     
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  26. catspaw

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    Fair enough. I guess MY point is that the point originally made was a spurious and essentially red-herringy type one. I'm happy to agree a stalemate if you are?:)
     
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  27. P_Agony

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    It's TheNatural, he's just another blind fanboy who thinks everything Nadal touches is gold and everything Fed does is arrogant.
     
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  28. Rippy

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    If you subtract all Nadal's wins, he's actually a loser.
     
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  29. muzza123

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    Come on Rippy, is there really a need to remind everybody of ViscaB's comedy value everytime you post? ;)
     
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  30. Rippy

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    That's the only time I did it lol. But fair enough, it shall be the last time. :)

    EDIT: hold on, you've got the comment in your signature, that's even worse...
     
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  31. fedfan08

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    There's only been one match where Fed has taken a time out (MTO or otherwise) where he's won the match - 2008 AO against Tipsy. Every other match he lost. The 2005 AO SF against Safin - Fed said a few months later his feet were bothering him so bad (not sure if it was blisters or something else) that he wasn't sure he'd have been able to play the final if he won. And the match against Murray at 2008 TMC in between games Fed would sit next to the linespersons/ball kids because his back was bothering him so much. And I believe in that match he walked over to Murray and personally let him know he was taking an MTO for his back. Perhaps that was all gamesmanship, but if it was it didn't work.
     
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  32. pame

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    If I remember correctly, Fed was recovering from an ankle he sprained in practice but that was known for quite a while before... if it's the right time I'm thinking of
     
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    Did I say it's a bad thing? It would be wrong to allow ViscaB's gem of a post to become forgotten! Spread the word I say!
     
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  34. BreakPoint

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    If that's the case then:

    Number of Slams won by Nadal without his opponents choking: ZERO!

    :)
     
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  35. Berundi

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    I agree, but the better cheater won.
     
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  36. BreakPoint

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    The German team may have won, but they will forever be labeled as cheaters and no one will respect them and people will root against them in the next round.

    So just like Nadal, they may have won the battle, but lost the war.
     
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  37. jackson vile

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    He did say that, he said that his actions were intentional because he was about to lose his @$$ and could not handle it.

    They want to make believe that Roger has done this type of cheating less, so he is some how better.

    Earth to ****s, when you cheat you are a cheater period! And forever, you guys need to stop painting yourselfs in a corner.

    Even if it is only once, there is no "oh well once is ok, but twice!" BS,



    Further more, both players called injury time outs, making them equal cheaters.

    They are all cheaters DEAL WITH IT!
     
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  38. fedfan08

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    That was 2005 TMC where he probably shouldn't have even played, but he did. And he almost beat Nalbandian.
     
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  39. Mun

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    Nadal was injured, Fed wansn't. Both stopped the game. So Fed is a cheater and Nadal isn't. Simple.
     
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  40. TheTruth

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    This is a great post. It was a pleasure to read it :).
     
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  41. TheTruth

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    I've never heard of this, Roger's interviews with Courier aren't serious. I don't believe that. We only have what he said we can't analyze their motives. That's actually the problem with this whole accusatory thing. No one knows whether Rafa was hurt or not, yet many declare him a cheater. Ironically, Fed admits to gamesmanship, but he wasn't serious.

    It was an interview after the match. More than one person saw it as it was telecast worldwide. Everyone knows he said it, if he hadn't you couldn't say he wasn't serious. You've actually proved he did say it, by saying he didn't mean it. So, why would I need more proof?
     
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    ^^You need to learn the rules of the game before you post about someone cheating.
     
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  43. TheTruth

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    I know he said it. I just don't understand why they don't understand. That was horrible, but he can do that and get away with it, because the pundits aren't going to hold his feet over the coals about it. They're all buddies and agents and what not. They'll laugh it off, or ignore it, and IMO, the fans will blindly follow.

    Everything he does and says they deem as right, correct, and better. It's pretty sad, actually, but hey to each his own.
     
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    Wait... I thought Nadal was always injured? :p :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
     
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  45. Bud

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    Very original/insightful contribution... thanks :rolleyes:
     
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  46. TheTruth

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    Aren't you the one with the steroids theory?
     
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    I think the answer to this silly debate lies in whether or not Federer went over his alotted time during the bathroom break. If 2 minutes is the standard changeover time in between sets (if indeed 2 minutes is all he took) then it doesn't matter whether he is taking a ****, wacking off, or sitting on his bench drinking water.

    With regard to Nadal, the reason he "happens" to take his T.O.'s when he is down, that is when his adrenaline levels usually drop, thus allowing more pain to be felt. It's a mere physical fact. winning = pain numbed away. Struggling = amplified or returned pain. Nadal is merely responding to his body's natural cues
     
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  48. Bud

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    He was gone way longer than 2 minutes. There is no specifically allotted time for bathroom breaks.

    It would be nice to know exactly how long he was in there waiting for the sun to set and the air to cool down (his words).
     
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  49. mandy01

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    Roger has in a FORMAL presser admitted that he dosen't take interviews with Courier seriously.But carry on believing what you want.

    And what did he say anyway?What did I prove?
    Anyone with a little bit of common sense will know that Roger wasn't expecting a slight shift in shadow that would occur in a span of less than two minutes to make ANY difference in the match at all.
    And I saw that part of the match again.Roger wasn't even gone for two whole minutes.So can someone PLEASE explain to me where this gamesmanship occured?

    And again please tell us-What admission of using gamesmanship are we talking about?
    LOL The funny part is Roger is supposed to have admitted to using gamesmanship when he never actually used it in the first place :lol:
     
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  50. mandy01

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    NO HE WASN'T. QUIT the lies.I SAW that match again..he was gone for less than two minutes and was already BACK when the umpire called time.

    As for how long he was waiting for the sun to set and the air to cool-anybody with the slightest amount of common sense would know not to take that seriously at all unless they really think one minute here and there at the most was going to make any difference at all.

    Funny how you do the disappearing act everytime someone counters your argument and go and spout out the same lies in other threads.

    Nadal fans are REALLY, REALLY clutching at straws.
     
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