This the only Novaks problem

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  1. Achilles82

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    This is the only Novaks problem

    The only reason why Novak isn't as popular as Roger or Rafa, is ... well he is just not cool enough.

    It has nothing to do with his game, or his personality. He is amazing tennis player, he is super nice to everyone... but he just doesn't look cool, and there is nothing he can do about it.

    How can he compare to these guys really? He can't, he just can't.

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    Novak is No1 player for 2 years now, and has 5 times less followers on facebook then Roger or Rafa.

    And he posts regularly, has live chats with fans. Guy tries really hard! And STILL he can't even compare to Rafas or Rogers popularity.
     
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  2. Sumo

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    Bring back Pirate Rafa!
     
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  3. Lavs

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    That thread is going to be GROAT :)
     
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  4. tennisaddict

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    Form is temporary, Class is permanent.

    Djokovic will be the qunitessential guy who tries so hard to get tennis fans like him, only to be disappointed.
     
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  5. Fiji

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    Nole looks nerdy.
     
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  6. Vrad

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    Are you sure that is the only problem he has? You think the fact that he has 5 slams less than Nadal, and double digit slams less than Federer has nothing to do with it?
     
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    His game could be quite boring too. I mean, he does everything well (except volleys), but tennis fans are used to the polar- opposite images of Federer, the shot-making artist, and Nadal, the top-spinning brute. They both attract a great deal of fans for being on one end of the extreme alone. Let's face it, people like winners, but moreover, people like winners who have style. Djokovic currently is miles behind Federer and Nadal in that department.
     
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  8. Cup8489

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    Nadal was more popular than Djokovic when he had 3 slams. Same with Federer.
     
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  9. PSNELKE

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    Don't you think he is less popular because he was never party of one of the greatest rivalries of all time.
    The upcoming young Spanyard challenging the future GOAT.
    Or how about his freaking booooring game.
    There's really nothing attractive about his game, ugly strokes, grinding....
    Fed's the greatest shotmaker of all time, having it all.
    Nadal's producing a freakish amount of spin, fighting spirit...
     
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  10. spperry

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    Federer and Nadal were there first, fans for a few years tended to fall into one of those camps. Djokovic will always be playing catch up.

    Plus I know a lot of Federer fans dont like the way Nadal plays but it made for a great match up(if you were a Nadal fan!). Djokovic's matchups with either Federer or Nadal dont seem to produce the same excitement.
     
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  11. 90's Clay

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    Nadal-Federer?? A rivalry? :shock: Fed hasn't beat Nadal at a slam since Nadal hit his prime.. That was 5-6 years ago.
     
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    Djokovic is a great guy. The thing for him is that Federer and Nadal combo outright dominated everything, everywhere for six season pretty much. That is a long time in tennis, and would have had a huge amount of fans emotionally invested in them, because they were the face of tennis for so long.

    Djokovic has had to fight hard just to break through the Fedal era, and show that he also is a natural born champion just like those two are, but it takes time to change things around. Fans have been captivated and enthralled by the personalities, the matches, the style of Roger and Rafa, and they were the only story for so so long.

    Novak took the first step back in 2011, but he is going to have to show the world that he is a champion with a heart, with passion and continue to do the best he can. That is all he can do, and let the chips fall where they will.
     
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  13. forzamilan90

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    The fact that Roger and Rafa are still active sort of keeps him from truly getting all fans. He may keep winning, but circumstances made those other 2 that popular and revered and as long as they are around I can't see Novak winning a popularity contest against them. Like it's been said, Rafa vs Roger, polar opposites, legend killer vs greatest of all time, etc.
     
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  14. Cup8489

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    Tell us more about how your lover sampras would do better than Federer.
     
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  15. always_crosscourt

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    Who cares?

    The rankings will speak for themselves.

    Why does popularity matter to you? I thought we were watching tennis, not Mrs. World.
     
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  16. Fiji

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    Djokovic is the least likeable #1 player since Lendl. His PONG game is boring. Textbook/robotic game that is snooze inducing. He is not charismatic like Federer and Nadal. Look at his facebook followers. Nothing compared to Federer and Nadal. His fan base is smallish. He looks like a nerd. He can try to be a comedian but that's not enough. He doesn't have the x-factor. His best slam(4 of his 6 slams won) is the AO which has the least history and tradition and is considered the mickey mouse slam by some people.
     
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  17. Clarky21

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    Cvac is just unfortunate looking. It also doesn't help that he's aging so fast, making him look even worse. Oh, and he also has a lousy personality with a duller than dishwater game. There's a reason he is still not popular, even after dominating the tour for 2 years, and being around for even longer than that.
     
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  18. OverratedIvanovic

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    Mods deleted my post :|
     
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    actually believe it or not he has sad sampras is worse then fed
     
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    how can there be posters like you here and, well, the rest of these clowns.
     
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  21. Tony48

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    Exactly.

    Sometimes I feel like we're talking about a pageant, rather than tennis.
     
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  22. Relinquis

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    the only problem is that novak seems to want to be the popular guy... he tries to be the fun guy, the entertainer, the dancer, the shirt ripper* and such... he's obviously the most hollywood minded player of the mens tour.

    that's why it's a topic of discussion. If he was comfortable not being the media and tennis fan darling then it wouldn't really be a 'problem' as such.


    * This contasts badly with his tennis. you can't push your way to a victory and then rip your shirt off... especially when you're kinda skinny. it looks odd.
     
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  24. WhiskeyEE

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    Novak comes off as a narcissist and it doesn't help that he's from some obscure country like Serbia.
     
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  25. Goosehead

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    nadal isnt cool..he pulls his pants out of his bottom about 700 times a match..has a fusspot water bottle fetish.

    these things are not cool.
     
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  26. Rjtennis

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    Nole will get super popular if he keeps on winning, trust me. Nadal is a global star and he barely speaks english, picks his butt between points and has to have his water bottles perfectly aligned. No one cares because he is a consistent champion. Nole speaks English very well and is fairly charismatic.
     
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  27. WhiskeyEE

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    Nadal is the product of excellent marketing. Novak isn't marketed aggressively by the ATP and Nike.
     
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  28. Relinquis

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    he's hot. hot = cool.

    most women want to be with him and most men want to be him. also, he's spanish and speaks with an accent... sexy, no?
     
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  29. WhiskeyEE

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    Not any more. Nadal's face has aged about as well as his knees.

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    Wow, it must suck to be Djoker with only the fourth highest number of Facebook followers for a tennis player. He has over two million seven hundred thousand likes but I guess he should just go ahead and commit hari kari out of the shame of it all.
     
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  31. Crisstti

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    Lol, Nadal looks much, much hotter now than he did in 2005

    Well, haters care :)
    He's still very popular because his game is more fun (IMO) and identifiable, is sweet and good looking... and well, there was a whole thread about this.
     
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    lol this is a funny thread. OP cherry picked photos of Federer and Nadal.

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    OP, this should give you hope that Novak can evolve from his current "uncool" appearance one day.

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  33. WhiskeyEE

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    Chest hair is the key to being cool.
     
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  34. Goosehead

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    well im a bloke and i dont want to be nadal,

    and what about gay men ?..they want to be with him as well,
    and gay ladies will not want to be with him,

    apart from those things, i suppose you could be right :neutral:
     
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    I think so too. Nadal was always attractive, but as he has gotten older he has gotten even better looking. Cvac started off unfortunate looking, and is only going downhill from there. He looks older than Fed does, yet he is 6 years younger. I think he looks downright sickly and unhealthy. He is a walking skeleton.

    I also think Fed is another guy who got better looking as he got older. Look at him back in 2003 at Wimby and try and tell me differently. Lol.
     
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  36. Goosehead

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    erm yeah lol..like i said.. pulling pants out of bottom = not cool :neutral:
     
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  37. Clarky21

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    Way to cherry pick a bad photo of Nadal to fit your agenda. Here's a much better one.

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    10 CHAR :D :D
     
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  39. Relinquis

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    can you guys imagine novak, shirtless in an armani ad? haha!

    would look like a black and white POW* shot... the guy has a cyclist's body**.


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    ** No pun intended.
     
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  40. Crisstti

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    Just keep on posting that pic Clarky :)

    That is actually a quite favourable pic of Rafa from 2005. I don't think he usually looked that good around then..
     
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  41. WhiskeyEE

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    Yeah, because a picture of him striking a blue steel in dramatic lighting is accurate.
     
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  42. Clarky21

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    Wth, is "striking a blue steel"? That pic was taken at a press conference he did. There was no dramatic lighting or anything special done to it.
     
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  43. Relinquis

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    are we really arguing that nadal isn't attractive? wow, just when you thought you've heard everything...
     
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  44. WhiskeyEE

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    No dramatic lighting? That's why buddy in the back is missing his face.

    Same angle, normal lighting

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  45. Clarky21

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    No, there was no dramatic lighting. I also saw the video of this press conference, and there was no Hollywood lighting at all. Here's another pic from the same press conference.

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  46. WhiskeyEE

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    If it was normal lighting you'd be able to read the letters behind him like the one I posted above.
     
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  48. Relinquis

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    he'll probably do a screen capture of nadal pulling a face and say that he's not attractive...

    *sigh*
     
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    Love all those pics. Keep them coming :)
     
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  50. Crisstti

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    Lol, I think maybe we do need more pics of him on court and press conferences, etc. Where is that pic of him at Wimbledon, signing some autograph shirtless? :)
     
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