Rafa & Fed - A Lesson in Mutual Respect

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  1. tennisjunkiela

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    A picture is worth a thousand words!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo;_..._surfaces-nadal-federer_2_32_25_pm&prov=getty

    i love this great picture of these two great champs - it is evident that they have great mutual respect for each other and are actually genuinely fond of each other!!

    Even though they both fight tooth and nail to beat each other on court, they understand that life, at the end of the day, isn't just about winning or denigrating another person, but about learning to respect each!

    maybe there's a lesson to be learned for both the Fed vs. Rafa fans on this board??? especially, the Fed fans who resort to calling Rafa a "monkey" (a racially offensive perjorative) and other names, in an attempt to denigrate him or minimize his accomplishments, because he dares to consistently beat Fed and reveal a chink in the armor of the GOAT.
     
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  2. PrinceO3TourOS

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    Yes, that's a good lesson for crazy hardcore fans :D
     
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  3. I think that's great and all and I agree with the OP but if Federer knows life isn't about winning and respecting the opponent why does he talk so much trash about Nadal after he loses? It's one of the reasons I can't stand the guy. He's a phony. But yes, they DO seem to get along a lot better than some of their "fans."
     
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  5. Dangus

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    You can see their bandana tans.
     
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  7. rafan

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    Yes as a great Nadal fan but not a Federer hater - I was not pleased with the last interview given by Federer when he lost to Nadal. It smacked of arrogance and he gave little praise to Nadal - who has beaten him now 7 times - I think it will do Federer good to lose the FO and bring him down to earth. Nadal is so often very much the under dog in his interviews regarding Federer and he does not need to be - his performance on clay has been excellent - and equal to Federers on hard court.Its time Nadal reflected this
    in His interviews - come on Rafa you are the greatest!
     
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    The only time Fed trash talked Nadal was after 2006 Monte Carlo Masters. He said he is one-dimensional. He was really pissed after losing to him.

    But later he realized that Nadal is the better player on clay court.
    He now repeatedly says how good he was. I don't think in the interview after Monte Carlo 2007 he said anything bad.

    Now they have very good respect for each other. Otherwise they won't play this exhibition match.
     
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    Anyone who makes the final of Wimbledon and Roland Garros isn't one dimensional by definition.
     
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    he hadn't made wimbledon finals at that point. although i agree, i dont think rafa is 1-d at all
     
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  11. Ljubicic for number1

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    It was a pretty good post until the bit about finding a chink in the GOATS armour? He hasnt even played Pete has he?
     
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  12. TheMagicRacquet

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    Nice post. It's good seeing the two guys get along off court.

    He has. Won it, too. Now I'm not saying Federer's the GOAT but you should check out 2001 Wimbledon (4th round?) for the match.
     
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  13. OrangeOne

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    It's sad, so sad, to see that in this thread, a thread ostensibly about the good relationship between Rafa & Fed, that the supposed 'fans' still need to come in here with silly pointless trash-talk.

    Re: the photos.... geez they must have the same stylist! :)
     
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  14. rafan

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    I WAS pleased with the photos and really thought this was a great relationship - even commented on the fact in a previous spoiler UNTIL I saw the video - and then thought c'mon give Nadal a good break the same way that he does when he loses to you - praises your talent - also I have never heard Nadal rubbish Federer - which smacks of real class!!
     
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    both class act dudes:D
     
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  16. crazylevity

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    I do remember McEnroe saying that players nowadays are just so different. Can you imagine McEnroe and Borg doing that?
     
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  17. kaiotic

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    that's really cool and all, but Fed needs to "learn to despise losing to Nadal..' if he wants the FO. no more of this buddy buddy sh*t
     
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    haha that's pretty funny :grin:
     
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  19. kar<3Ty

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    pics

    its a sweet pic but at th end of th day we hav 2 rmbr that they are competive rivals!
     
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    One guy smiling, another (blurred) looking downward. How, exactly, does this picture scream "mutual respect?"
     
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    McEnroe and Borg were friendly and did respect each other. Now had you said Connors and McEnroe, or Connors and Lendl or McEnroe and Lendl...well that would have fit.

    And I don't think it's right to offend monkeys around the world calling Nads Monkey Boy when in fact he looks like a donkey. ;)
     
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    What?

    (pssst, this a forum, not a phone. feel free to spell everything out, especially for the benefit of the members here who speak English as a second language and may not understand your 'textspeak'). :)
     
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    So Nadal played and beat pete at Wimbeldon hey:eek:
     
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    rafa and fed good friends off the court. they are making a deal right now to throw each other a slam, french for fed, wimby for rafa.
     
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  27. slice bh compliment

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    El TopspinDonkey?

    FUnny, but not as funny as TopspinMonkey.

    I think Rafa looks most like one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Just needs to bulk up a little and wear the bandana a little lower. I bet, when he was a kid, that cartoon was popular. And little baby Rafael was pretty proud of his name.
     
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  28. Jonny S&V

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    With the eyeholes too :p !
     
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  29. Cridal

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    Agreed

    I totally agree... I'm a big fan of Fed, but don't like the way he handles (or doesn't handle) Nadal on and off the court at the moment. Nadal clearly has the upper hand. Nadal is in his head. I saw little signs of defeatism during and after the recent straight set loss in Monte Carlo. He needs to go at it, attack, dictate, show that he will leave everything on the court. At some point I thought Fed was thinking about what he's going to say to the press instead of fighting to the end...

    All this buddy buddy stuff indeed doesn't help...
     
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  30. slice bh compliment

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    How can you be so sure Rog would not lose 2 and 2 if he decided to approach it with more anger and less dignity?
     
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