Novak DJokovic = worst sportsmanship ever!

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  1. TheFifthSet

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    Some are taking pot shots, but not all, and the ones that aren't (like zagor) are making decent points. Djokovic might be brazen in victory, but his humility in defeat is stunning for a top player. He embraced Rafa after he won the USO in 2010, which would have given Nole his first major since the '08 AO, almost 3 years. And also after the '12 FO which would've given Nole 4 majors in a row. I don't see how one MTO makes him the "worst sportsman ever".
     
  2. jamesblakefan#1

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    But he took one last year as well during the final. And his history of questionable retirements is unparalleled by any other top player.
     
  3. TheFifthSet

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    Hmm, well retirements might be a knock on his fighting spirit when he was younger, but I don't know why they're a knock against his sportsmanship. Like for example, when he retired against Nadal in the '07 Wimby SF or RG QF. It might be a point against him in terms of courage (which certainly isn't a problem NOW), but not in terms of sportsmanship.

    MTO's on the other hand, sure, they're not great sportsmanship but is that really enough to anoint him the worst sportsman ever? Given how he acts in defeat, his praise of his peers etc, I think you're being harsh.
     
  4. Ripster

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    Well said. Djokovic has certainly matured quite a bit over the years. I could see why maybe some people would have disliked him earlier in his career but not now. And he's certainly not the worst sportsman or anywhere near it.
     
  5. The-Champ

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    don't forget his newly found tactic of suddenly grunting loudly when put in awkward position which unsettles the opponent and causes them to miss. Happened many times against Del Potro and Murray in the final.
     
  6. Nathaniel_Near

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    Ahahaha. Of course.

    PS, Nadal's OG is worth 5 Majors.
     
  7. mberrevoets

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    I thought it was good sportsmanship since he waited until the game was over.
     
  8. Mick3391

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    Anyone have a link, I haven't seen that.

    I don't like Djoke because he always gives an excuse, after losing to Fed at Wimbledon, he said "Well yea I've been tired for the last 4 days", it just seems he always has an excuse.

    Fed, after losing badly to Murray at the Olympics, in contrast didn't mention his what 5 hour battle with Del Portro, but anyone with a eye could tell he was exhausted, missed serves, errors, played like a tired player.

    I told my son, "Even if you sprain your leg, don't tell anyone, it sounds like an excuse and robs your opponent his victory"
     
  9. smash hit

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    You took the words right out of the mouth of Djokovic. This is what he had to say in 2005, when he took four MTO's in a match against Monfils,

    At the 2005 Open, Djokovic beat Gael Monfils, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(5), 0-6, 7-5 in a match that spanned four hours and two minutes and featured four stoppages of play from Djokovic, who requested the trainer to treat his respiratory and cramping issues. At 4-4 in the fifth set of that match, the seemingly spent Serbian climbed off the court and took an injury timeout that spanned nearly 13 minutes then won three of the final four games.

    Confronted with questions of whether he resorted to gamesmanship to pull out that victory, Djokovic said he could not have completed the match without receiving treatment.

    “I cannot describe how I was feeling; you just have to be on court feeling it,” Djokovic said. “I’m not used to hard five-set matches. I know for people watching it (taking the breaks) is really irritating, but this is the only way I could win and continue. I am not thinking this would be nice for the people watching, I am thinking and trying to win.”

    As you said anything for the victory. Leopards really don't change their spots.
     
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    I think he meant that is the only way he could continue playing not that he used it to win but I could be wrong. You never know with these guys
     
  11. merwy

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    In a certain way, those two mean the same thing.
     
  12. RF20Lennon

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    what i meant was that he was getting tired or fatigued and the only way he could continue was if he got the treatment
     
  13. okdude1992

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    Djokovic may or may not have been hurting. But that was some ridiculous gamesmanship, calling the trainer and disrupting play right before murray had the chance to serve for it. imagine if nadal had pulled the same stunt
     
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    Man, that would be some crazy stuff. There would be 5 threads about it in the general pro section with over a hundred posts.
     
  15. RF20Lennon

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    whoever did it, it wouldve been a wrong thing to do but if rafa had done it he wouldve been equal to satan on this forum :twisted:
     
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    He looked like he was in actual pain, unlike the king of the fake MTO, Rafa.
     
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    He looked fine to me. And Cvac is far from saintly when it comes to taking mto's and retiring from multiple matches. How quickly folks forget him retiring from a match against Fed because he had a sore throat,and how he retired from the AO quarterfinal in 2009 because he was too hot. How about when he retired against Andy last year in the Cinci final when he was down a set and 0-3? Lily white he ain't.
     
  18. Crisstti

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    Federer has not had many problems with injuries, so it's natural he would take considerable less MTOs.

    It should be.
     
  19. NadalDramaQueen

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    It is hard to call retiring from a match gamesmanship though. Of course, it can be considered bad sportsmanship, but it obviously isn't going to give him an advantage in the match. The OP (and other posters) seem to be more upset with dubious tactics that are used to gain an edge in the match.

    Other players aren't just taking timeouts when they are injured, but also when their ankles are "taped too tightly" among other curious issues. These types of issues also seem to be very infrequent with Fed.

    Anyway, I have a hard time accepting too many restrictions on injury timeouts, because you can't control when you get injured (to a certain extent). Unfortunately, this means some players will use them in a manner for which they are not intended.

    I wouldn't mind the ATP keeping official records on MTO's, however. Given enough time, it should become pretty obvious which players are using timeouts as gamesmanship. Very interesting, how your tape always becomes too tight when your opponent is serving for the set. 8)
     
  20. Harl Goodman

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    Yep. Penalty for calling the trainer. Another penalty if it extends to a full time out.
    Add that to the rules and players will only use them when they truly believe the help they receive will keep them in the match.

    If you want to make it even MORE interesting, give the opposing player a choice-
    1) Game/Set penalties
    OR
    2) Financial % of your opponents total tournament prize $$$
     
  21. TMF

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    A player don't have to be injured in order to take the MTO, in case you didn't know. If a player decides to delay the match to regroup or weather the storm, he can call MTO anytime. The umpire has no idea if a player is really hurt or not anyway.
     
  22. vernonbc

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    A player can also delay the match with a bathroom break. Fed's famous for his.
     
  23. Murrayfan31

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    This is a terrible thread. Djokovic is pure class.
     
  24. woodrow1029

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    Oh, let me guess, vs. Davydenko at AO?
     
  25. rudester

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    I always question speculation of anybody who would condemn a player for an injury suffered in a hard fought match, usually comments from a cheap shot artist. How would you know from where you sit how much pain a player is in? These guys put it on the line every day, i respect that.
     
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    Even if someone runs onto the court and stabs you?
     
  27. Polvorin

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    Masters 1000 events are the biggest events on tour outside of the majors. Why do you downplay Nadal's bush league bathroom break?

    On another note, indeed the crowd is usually warm to Djokovic...surprising after the incident with Roddick a few years back and now this. Everyone love a winner.
     
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  28. Crisstti

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    Of course, I was referring to the fact that it's only natural Fed would take less MTOs than Rafa, because he has had much less problems with injuries. It isn't anything that somehow speaks better of him than of Nadal nor anything like that. It's completely logical.
     
  29. Crisstti

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    Wasn't that match stopped by rain at that moment?. I could be wrong.
     
  30. RF20Lennon

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    Yeah but nadal took a bathroom break at 5-4 and if he hadn't done that match point wouldn't have been delayed at the time even I was mad but looking back now it honestly wasn't that big a deal
     
  31. MaiDee

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    Great post.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRKcJgVn3Hk
     
  32. underground

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    Fed normally only takes bathroom breaks after a set. And bathroom breaks don't take longer than an MTO.
     
  33. Crisstti

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    Sorry for the late answer lol, but from what I remember the match point was delayed already because of the rain, and Rafa too a (very short) bathroom break before play started again.
     

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