NADAL or FEDERER: Better Role Model

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Better Role Model

Poll closed Aug 19, 2009.
  1. Roger Federer

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  2. Rafael Nadal

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    27.3%
  1. Conquistador

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    This could be the toughest poll question in talk tennis history in my opinion. Both of these guys seem surreal to be perched number 1 and 2 in the world. The question is who is the better role model for tennis fans?
     
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  2. volleynets

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    Both have good characteristics to be role models. For instance, you cannot go wrong with Federer's sportsmanship. You could also not go wrong with looking up to Nadal for his determination to win every point.
     
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  3. FedNad316

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    Both have qualities to emulate....I personally prefer Federer...though I also admire Nadal for his fighting qualities
     
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  4. CHOcobo

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    both are a great inspiration. i also prefer Federer.
     
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  5. ~ZoSo~

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    Its hard to choose. On the one hand you have nadal with his energy, determination, and humility.
    On the other hand you have fed who is gracious in defeat, modest, loves fashion and never courts press attention. They are both great role models imo.
     
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  6. Nadalfan89

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    One man is a determined fighter who never gives up.

    The other is a man who is very fashion savy and knows three languages.

    My vote goes to Federer.
     
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  7. JeMar

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    Its hard to choose. On the one hand you have nadal with his gamesmanship, bellicose behavior toward his colleagues, and totally inimitable style that depends on some genetic mutation (artificial or otherwise).
    On the other hand you have fed who is worldly, kind and generous to his colleages (after all, they love him so much... even his biggest rival can't shut up about him), and so passionate about the game that he lets his fans see his true emotions. They are both great role models imo.
     
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  8. The-Champ

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    They are obviously good guys but I voted for Nadal. He exudes that "people's champion" character....just one of the guys you can have beer with.
     
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    LOL those guys got pwned.
     
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    Lol if you say so
     
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    I do say so. You brought up some lame points about Fed and JeMar brought up his own stupid points about Nadal. mmm Yeah its all even.
     
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  12. ~ZoSo~

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    Ok sir
    Well whatever pwned means to you, enjoy it. Thanks for the commentary
     
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  13. VivalaVida

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    Absolutely. Come back for more pwnage. :D
     
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    Not that seeming like a people's champion matters, but IMO it seems that a beer can be had with Federer as well. He seems like somebody with whom one can talk about every aspect of tennis, or whatever sport (football) he is interested in. I've read articles which describe Federer's pre-match demeanor in the locker-room as jovial, social and interested (I'll try and see if I can find them). Again, none of this really matters, as it is all second-hand information and up to appearances.

    Both seem like really solid dudes off-court, though. I'd give them a "what's up , bro," anytime of the day.

    EDIT: Here's one, it's Jim Courier saying it, but, meh.

     
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    Murray .
     
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    I heard Nadal drinks Merlot, so much for "people's champion".
     
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    James Blake, though of these two, Federer.
     
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    Blake's story is pretty unreal, and, if we're going for an inspirational role-model, he wins hands down.
     
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    Arthur Ashe.

    John Mcenroe comes in a close second.
     
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  22. TMF

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    Between the two, definitely TMF. He was chosen to be the goodwill embassador. He established the Roger Federer Foundation. Speak multiple language. TMF is the closet to perfect being a role model for the kids
     
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    Although it's really close, I would put McEnroe over Ashe. Hey, somebody's got to tell those pinheads (linesmen and umpires) how to do their jobs or they won't do them correctly. :shock: Buncha putzes.
     
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  24. CountryHillbilly

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    I'd say they are both role models, only for different people with different characters.

    You know, you can get banned for sarcasm around here.
     
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    Bill O'Reilly? Is that you?

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  26. Lifted

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    Well, since the 'No Spin Zone' follows me wherever I go, yes...yes, it's me...

    The last time some body called me out on a forum, this happened the next day when I went in to work. I couldn't concentrate and the stupid thing sucked. So, thanks a lot. You're making my list.
     
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    why do you have to butcher the thread in such a manner?
     
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  28. CanadianChic

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    I think they are both excellent role models. They are both extremely competitive, driven players who are courteous and respectful both off an on the court. They push each other to new heights (and records) and bring out the best in eack others' skills. They both prioritize family and appear to have strong morals. They both take time for their fans, are gracious in interviews (for the most part) and have elevated the sport.
     
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    I agree w/ this, both are great models for any young person to follow, most of the tennis players are in fact. What's to say Roddick, DelPotro, Murray, Djokovic, Simon, Kolya aren't good role models as well?

    All do great on the court and help give back to the game of tennis as well.
     
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  30. ckledzepplin

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    for kids I would have to say rafa, because he is so humble, and I read an article that he has to take care of his own equipment very well because uncle toni forced him to, and toni said that he wouldn't coach rafa anymore if he threw a racquet, and he made rafa put his shoes on very carefully so he didn't damage them at all, such as crushing the heel when puting them on
     
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    I agree. There are a few who I feel display poor sportsmanship and their personal lives are a tad questionable, but it is not for me to judge. I appreciate most of the top ten right now and am rooting them all on. I don't think it is necessary to hate one to enjoy another..sadly too many people feel the need to 'pick sides'.
     
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    Well, everyone except Safin (and maybe Hewitt) is a good role model in men's tennis. We don't have anything even remotely approaching jerks like McEnroe in today's tennis.

    They are all well-behaved and committed players and anyone should be proud to be like them.
     
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  33. DarthMaul

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    Yeah, Blake should be there on poll too! But I voted for Fed.
     
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    Is this even a question? One has the elegance of a king in everything he does, while the other is a barbarian.
     
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    I think its personal. Both are great choices, but i find Nadal a great role model for me. When i first started playing tennis, i would give up easily and sometimes drop my level after a few points. Nadal showed me that working hard to improve and fighting for every point has its benefits. I like Federer as a person a lot and i love his game even more, but Nadal is a big role model for me.
     
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    breakpoint.
     
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    God these guys have nothing on Navratilova or Ashe.
     
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    I speak 5 languages and have great fashion sense. Can I be a role model too please?

    And I wouldn't say Nadal is a gamesman. I'd actually say he's exhibits excellent sportsmanship. I don't know about the bellicose behaviour either... where'd that come from?

    Though I think Fed really grew into a role model as his career progressed. Less of the tantrums and racquet throwing. I really hate when players do that.

    I like that Nadal doesn't throw his racquet down. I like that he sits down to change his shirt. I just really hate his water bottle/sock quirks. The butt picking? You should try playing with material stuck in your crack. See where that gets you.
     
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    I agree.

    10 chars.
     
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  40. Easiest poll question ever in my opinion.
    Id pick Federer 7 days a week. I think the butt-picking and the constant time-delaying is NOT something to look up to, i dont even recomend my kids that i teach trying to play like Nadal. Outside of the court, well its hard to understand what Nadal says so i pick Federer there aswell.
     
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    Nadal. I think the crying, patronising, blaming technology, insulting opponents' playing styles, smashing rackets, telling opponents' parents to be quiet when they have the audacity to cheer for their own son instead of him, wearung outrageous outfits just because you've won somewhere a lot, wearing those same outfits with the pants backwards, eating ice cream, and having a family and kids are NOT something to look up to.
     
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  43. P_Agony

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    Santoro is the best role model.
     
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    Federer...
    Nadal and his timewasting antics set a very poor example of what the world no.1 should be... :(
     
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    2 good guys really

    family guys

    they've both been with their partners for years now way before they became famous and 1 of them is married and is a father of 2 little girls so we can't call either one of them a man wh ore

    they both work hard

    they don't curse on the court unlike others

    they don't insult women;gays or say anything racist like some player did

    they are involved with their respective charities


    i'd go for RF because he is older and for all of his success and fame and $;he is still a cool guy
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4jUGufaJek
     
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    When Roger speaks, I feel like I am listening to Roger's words.

    When Nadal speaks, I feel like I am listening to Toni's words.

    Roger
     
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  49. bolo

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    Nadal is the better sportsman so we have to go with him.
     
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  50. JoshDragon

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    How is Roger a good role model for kids. He got his girlfriend pregnant before he was married and he's cried during the finals of the Australian Open and I think Wimbledon 2008 as well. He's a tremendous tennis player but he's not a good loser. He's also not humble.
     
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