Originally Posted by gavna
That's Davis Cup.....how do you think all the folks felt last July in Austin when is was expected that Nadal would play.....that's all anyone was talking about. In the end instead of Nadal (who skipped out of protest over scheduling) you get Lopez.......at least they got to see Tsonga, La Monf and Milos.
Anyone who just had tickets for today didn't get to see Milos. They didn't get to see the 'big' matchup, although I think the match they did get to see was probably a lot more entertaining than Raonic/Tsonga would have been. They certainly got to see La Monf in full clown mode too so all was not lost.
Nadal never said he was going to play and no one should have expected him to. In fact, any reasonable person knew that his participation was highly unlikely since it was only a week after the toughest part of his season. It wasn't his fault that the media hyped up that he might come. He had just played 49 matches in four months and gotten to the finals of 8 out of the 9 tournaments he entered. I think the guy deserved a break.