Why is nadal so much more popular than Djokovic?

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  1. Rocky89

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    What is Game of Thrones? :) J/K

    Yep you can safely assume that I'm a fan, just getting through the books now.
     
  2. Djokodal Fan

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    Yeah only to know the final result even before the match starts!
     
  3. xan

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    yup, not biased at all you're not.
     
  4. Steve0904

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    Well it's kind of true. The biggest highlight reel is and probably always will be produced by (out of all the rivalries in the top 4) Fed/Nadal. Djokovic is a great all around player, and he has huge strengths, but I would stop short of calling him boring on a tennis court. Other than that, I agree with TheCheese. His/Her second statement is spot on IMO. In fact, Fed vs anyone in the top 4 is probably better than all the other matchups for the offensive-defensive contrast of styles honestly.
     
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    Nadal is massively popular because he proves you CAN get away with it ;)
     
  6. dudeski

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    Yeah people always like the underdog. It's Nadal vs all the drug testers, it's Nadal vs all the empires trying to enforce time rules. You would never expect Nadal to get his way in spite of such overwhelming odds but he does.
     
  7. Start da Game

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    when shakira likes somebody, the world just follows.......
     
  8. TheF1Bob

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    Like Dave Batista said to John Cena, they like kiss babies & hug fat girls.

    Nadal, like Fed, is a hypocrite.
     
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    Lol, I guess it must have been.

    Will try to give the first one a chance. But I do hate boxing.
     
  10. xan

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    that i don't agree off. even more so when said with such a definitive tone.
    but then again I've seen some people here saying they would rather watch their favorite player sleeping rather than watching a tennis excluding their favorite. so I guess it shouldn't come off as a surprise.
     
  11. Steve0904

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    Yeah that was BP. He's a bit strange anyway. But seriously, which matchup would you say is most exciting? Nothing beats Fed-Nadal for shotmaking IMO, even though on most courts the result is obvious.
     
  12. Marius_Hancu

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    an important factor:
    large Spanish-speaking world vs. small country (Serbia)
     
  13. babyhagrid

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    To me Nadal will always be the swashbuckling pirate fit for a role in Pirates of the Carribbean and Djokovic is Action Man/GI Joe (even his hair is the same fuzzy type as the action figures)
     
  14. sportsfan1

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    It's the player rather than the place or language.
    Population of serbia is approximately equal to that of switzerland (7m) and both are small countries. Number of swiss-german speakers is perhaps even smaller. Both Djok and Fed speak English well, better than Nadal certainly. But both Fed and Nadal are very popular.
    Jerzy Janowicz - polish, probably spoken by fewer than spanish, but he's quite popular, atleast on these boards. Going back further, I am guessing Edberg was also a swedish speaker, but certainly a popular/respected athlete.
    I haven't looked up each of these to confirm, but broader point is that it's the player that determines the popularity.
     
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    I was taking your post seriously until I got to this part. Then I understood it was a farce. Good one.
     
  16. xan

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    imo djokovic/federer. but i do appreciate each and every one of top 4 matchups for what they are, with Murray/djokovic to a lesser extent.
    but people got suck up into fedal rivalry and it's a done deal for them when discussing various topics.
    nevermind that djokovic/federer can provide equal if not better shotmaking (again imo), nevermind that rafa and novak already played the most matches between them, nevermind that fedal matches have been terribly one sided for the most part.
    fedal rivalry was sold to them and people bought it, and its been peek of what tennis can do/offer ever since. even tho that isn't the truth.
    so heaven forbid that something breaks that barrier or, even worse, god forbid that federer retires. I bet that 50% of casual fans will stop watching tennis all together because they invest their time watching their favorite and not the sport itself. those are ones that preech how tennis gonna die once federer retires, those are ones who boycott finals because x player is not in them.
    anyhow sorry for going a bit off topic but the whole point was that the people already formed their opinion before even thinking of the subject and that most are terribly biased. its not a crime afterall, to each his own.
     
  17. steenkash

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    I believe its his rivalry with Federer that made him so popular over the years, their rivalry is supposed to be a 'legendary' one. Despite the fact Nadal has Rodgers number on speed dial. Djocovic has always been popular among fans due to his easy going nature, but never considered a 'champion' up till now. Hopefully over the years he does grow a bigger fan base.
     
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    Many think Novak is a phony and dislikable and his parents a********. Nadal is simple like a child and primitive. It's easier to like Nadal.
     
  19. Flash O'Groove

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    Yeah maybe you are right and Fed-Nole can provide equally good shotmaking. I like how they match-up. But I disagree with you when you downgrade Fed-Nadal rivalry. Their match provided great opposition of style, like Fed-Nole, BUT they took place in a better context. At the beginning, it was the story of Fed trying to complete the Grand Slam and trying to dominate every surfaces, only to be prevented by Nadal. After RG 2008 and the humiliation Nadal inflicted to Fed, it was to put Nadal back in his place at Wimbledon. It didn't happened (after the best match scenario). Nadal replaced Fed at the top of the ranking. He defeated once again Fed in Australia, on hard court, where the old king was still a favorite.

    In comparison, what is the story of the rivalry between Fed and Nole? During the first part of it, 2007-2009, the history of tennis was written by Fed and Nadal. In 2010, by Nadal alone: this year didn't had any interesting rivalry. in 2011, it was Nadal and Nole who mattered. In 2012 it was two evenly divided between the top guy for a real rivalry to exist.

    The best year of tennis from a story point of view were 2005-2009, and Djokovic was a supporting character in it.
     
  20. sunof tennis

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    Well said. Certainly you have to admire Nadal for his "all out" approach to every point.
     
  21. xan

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    agreed, djokovic was 2nd fiddle for the most part and not until recently he started to turn the tables. and no, i didnt try to downgrade rafa/fed rivalry. maybe it sounded like that but i trully appreciate what they've done for the sport. i might be a novak fan, but im a tennis fan first and foremost. what i've been trying to say is that people overhyped it a bit (deservedly so) and they continue to do so ever since. then you have those same people wishing upon fedal finals every time, even tho they dont match up against eachother very well anymore. (something simliar to boston/lakers finals, huge story behind it and some people wouldnt mind seeing it for the rest of their lives). which trully is a shame because there is a lot of good tennis going outside of fedal finals, and some people cant seem to appreciate it. truly a shame.
     
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    David ferrer is great in game of thrones.
     
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    I think that Murray/Djokovic just play a more boring game than Rafa. They don't really do anything out of the usual. They are all around solid players but lack a kind of "defining" shot that sets them apart from other players.
     
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    Fair enough. I was actually going to say my 2nd favourite matchup was Djokovic-Federer.

    But I disagree with Fedal being one sided. Tbh, I don't see how anyone could say that. If you look at the H2H it's 18-10 Nadal, and he has a 12-2 lead on clay. It is really only one sided on one surface. Even then, most of their matches have been incredibly tight, and on the biggest stages to boot. By comparison, even though Djokovic-Nadal has been played out more, they've only gone 5 sets once in a slam. Compared to Federer and Nadal who've done this 3 times.

    Also, I've just looked it up and my assumption was correct. Fedal matches have "gone the distance" (meaning a 3 set match has gone 3 sets or a 5 set match has gone 5 sets) more than Djokodal matches. Nadal and Federer have gone the distance in 10 of their 28 encounters. Comparitively, Rafa-Djoker has only gone the distance 7 of their 33 encounters. Epic matches create epic rivalries. People bought into Fedal because they produced incredible tennis. Djokovic-Murray as an example, can be promoted to the moon, but if they don't start to produce great shotmaking and matches against each other, nobody will care, and we're starting to see that.
     
  27. kdang

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    Nadal's "Never Say Die" spirit. :)
     
  28. mariecon

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    Nadal certainly seems to be very popular on this forum. 90% of the threads are about him. I wouldn't say they're all flattering though.:twisted:
     
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    you raise a good point, but certainly the stats can be misleading as well.
    for example from what i recall 2011 semi between nole and Roger that went to 4 sets was much more intense and close than for example 2012 semi between Murray and nole that did in fact go to 5 sets.
    maybe i was a tad rash when i said matches have been one sided, but lately they sure came across to me as such. maybe I'm wrong tho and it's just clay that clouds my judgement, yet i don't believe I'm totally wrong either.
     
  30. RAFA2005RG

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    Basically because of Nadal, there is no such thing as a happy federer fan. He's damaged them for life, and I thank him for that.
     
  31. Rjtennis

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    Nole will get very popular if he keeps on winning. He has a lot of personality and can appeal to western countries better than Rafa as he can speak intelligent English. Rafa has been a champ for years and it took time for him to gain popularity. It will happen for Nole too.
     
  32. Clarky21

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    Not true. Nadal became popular quickly. It didn't take him years and years to gain a fanbase at all once he got some exposure.

    And you act as if Djesus just hit the scene and is new to tennis. He's been around for years, and turned pro in 2003. His fanbase it set by now, and he ain't getting any more popular.
     
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    What a joke.
     
  34. Flash O'Groove

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    Of course stat can be misleading, but I think Steve showed them to ad weight to his impression than Nadal-Fed match were close. Matches don't need to go to the distance to be awesome (2006 master cup SF between Fed and Nadal might be the best 2 setter lately)
     
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    Nadal has Charisma. This is the ability or characteristic that pulls the viewer in and makes the viewer feel that he is becoming the performer. all great actors posess this quality.

    Like when you watch a really good movie, and come out of the theater believing that you are tom Hanks, or will smith or Marlon brando, or James dean, whoever the hero was.

    Its an unknown factor, what actually makes somelone like that. but i does exist. Do YOU have CHARISMA?
     
  36. xan

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    does he also gives you a boner?
     
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    Tom and Brando = great actors

    Will and James = LOL
     
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    Nadal comes from a country that everybody knows. They somehow associate him with a passionate Latin. Serbia to many is not really known.
     
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  39. mbm0912

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    sorta like what Djokovic is doing to people like you, no?
     
  40. cknobman

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    Nadal gets more popularity because people feel sorry for him.

    There is so much going against Nadal all the time he is really a fighter for being able to overcome:

    Playing with constant injuries: knee, foot, butt, etc... (remember he never loses unless hes injured)
    Unfair rules: 20-25 seconds between points, no coaching from the stands
    Unfair schedule of too many hardcourts
    Unfair court speeds: not every surface is slow yet
    Unfair drug test procedures: too many tests, has to be available at anytime
    ATP and ITF not caring about the players health and basically indirectly causing all of Rafa's injuries.

    Rafa is a real warrior and underdog. With all those things going against him every time he steps on court its a wonder he can win a match period. He truly is a great champion.
     
  41. citybert

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    I think it's all marketing, and yes some things they can't change like the way they look and where they are from. But nadal just has a better marketing team around him, most people who love him don't know as much like people on these boards or much about tennis. People ranting here consists of less than 1% of 1% of the tennis public's opinion probably.
     
  42. Rafaboy

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    Nope, I guess youre alone on that one. LOL
     
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    Not alone. There's someone so obsessed with Nadal that he creates multiple accounts and new threads every day just to profess his love.

    And when they're that obsessed, it's invariably sexual. :lol:
     
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    Really? wow I better change my name. was not aware of this.
     

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