Marcelo Rios not a fan of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

msc886

Professional
Odd, You might criticise Fed’s personality being ‘boring’ but his game is the most entertaining for the last 20 years.

You might criticise Djokovic’s game as “boring” but his personality has been pretty controversial.
 

DSH

Talk Tennis Guru
I remember a match in Madrid in 2002, if I'm not mistaken, between Ríos and a young man with a ponytail named Federer.
The Swiss youngster easily defeated the Chilean who, supposedly, should have been at his best.
Later we know how the careers of both ended.
:D
 

Gizo

Hall of Fame
Ríos was always a complete a-hole, and he often could be pretty gutless in terms of throwing in the towel when things didn’t go his way. But I found him entertaining to watch when he was on song, and the best tennis I saw from him was his 1997 Monte-Carlo title run, when he cut through Gaudenzi, Costa, Larsson, Moya and Corretja like a knife through butter without dropping a set. He had those players on a string.

I thought it was funny that he kept choking in and failed to win his home tournament in Chile, usually against much lower ranked players and often against opponents that he genuinely had the upper hand against. Then again he often partied a lot and lived it up during the week of that tournament each year, which won’t have helped his title prospects.
 

LaVie en Rose

Hall of Fame
Meh, I could swear I read it before that Rios is "not a fan" of either player. It's media that needs to write/repeat some opinions to draw attention
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
And Rios then lost in the 1998 French Open quarter final to Moya (the 1998 Monte Carlo champion). Moya went on to win that 1998 French Open title.

I remember that match. Commentators said that he (Rios) had just woken up from the night before like 10 min before the match.
 

DariaGT

Professional
Funniest is how Rios became no1 by winning matches under the ATP failed system
but Vilas who won more matches than anyone in that famous year, Slams and beating Connors
but ATP with its monopolized schemes and failures keeps denying the obvious to the public.
 

FRV4

Hall of Fame
Basically he is defining one form of entertainment and identifying which players are entertaining in that regard. He probably doesn’t realize how entertaining it is to watch a craftsman when you yourself are a lesser craftsman. A lot of aspiring tennis players probably find Federer entertaining in that regard as he played in a way that made the game seem effortless.
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
Funniest is how Rios became no1 by winning matches under the ATP failed system
but Vilas who won more matches than anyone in that famous year, Slams and beating Connors
but ATP with its monopolized schemes and failures keeps denying the obvious to the public.
Rios was once asked about Vilas, and Rios said "He was number 2, and I'm number 1".

Rios even managed to rile Nastase to a lot of anger once. That's some achievement.

As a Chilean he is full of s*** he always tries to say controversial **** to be relevant, I like him as a tennis player but not so much as a person.
Cliff Drysdale once said on commentary that Rios was the rudest tennis player that he had ever met.
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
And why couldn't he defeat Korda in the 1998 Australian Open final if he was so talented?
Because he played rubbish.

Korda had a slow start, and then played great. Rios had a slow start, and kept playing that way through the match.

It was the opposite when they met at 1998 Indian Wells, when Korda was feeling the pressure of chasing the number 1 ranking, and never got it. Rios got that number 1 ranking instead after winning both Indian Wells and Key Biscayne in 1998.
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
So in a nutshell, a tennis player has to behave obnoxiously to be entertaining. Says rather more about Rios than Fed or Djokovic. What an idiot!
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It's such a load of crock!!

It sounds more like the troll threads that sometimes spring up here and are supposed to be funny.
 

BumElbow

Professional
Rios was always difficult to get to do his post-match interviews. He was unprofessional and argumentative. As a tennis player, he was extremely talented and retired too soon. He did not give back to the game. Rios never won a slam event and has no right putting down Federer or Djokovic. Just sour grapes from a guy who is still a tempermental fool.
 

DariaGT

Professional
One ugly little fella, looks like a botox failure and meth queen
he is turning white as well a la Michael J what a train wreck
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These dudes must laugh just looking at this sad joke
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thrust

Legend

During an interview with ESPN Chile journalist Ricardo Shannon for the FShow, the Chilean – the only player to have been world No 1 in the ATP Rankings without winning a Grand Slam – said: “Federer for me is not a player that you see and you say ‘how entertaining’.

“I like the way he plays because he’s a guy with incredible ease, very intelligent on the court, very good. But he is not a Kyrgios, a Fognini that you see him and you are waiting for him to make a fuss, to leave a mess. That’s more entertaining.”

He added: “I don’t find Djokovic an entertaining guy on the court either.”

The former world No 1 continued: “Tennis has always had restrictions. If you swear, you get a fine; if you throw your racket, another fine. In press conferences you couldn’t talk bad things about anyone.

“Wimbledon makes you dress in white making you look like I don’t know what. Tennis is boring, it’s like watching cricket. Then a guy like Kyrgios comes out and revolutionises everything.

“He packs stadiums, it’s a spectacle. My personality was also a bit ‘wrong’. I used to attract a lot of attention by throwing rackets, or by saying ‘old f***’ (to an annoying lady in the crowd). People were entertained.”
No wonder he never won a slam-LOL!
 

Cabeza del Demonio

Professional

During an interview with ESPN Chile journalist Ricardo Shannon for the FShow, the Chilean – the only player to have been world No 1 in the ATP Rankings without winning a Grand Slam – said: “Federer for me is not a player that you see and you say ‘how entertaining’.

“I like the way he plays because he’s a guy with incredible ease, very intelligent on the court, very good. But he is not a Kyrgios, a Fognini that you see him and you are waiting for him to make a fuss, to leave a mess. That’s more entertaining.”

He added: “I don’t find Djokovic an entertaining guy on the court either.”

The former world No 1 continued: “Tennis has always had restrictions. If you swear, you get a fine; if you throw your racket, another fine. In press conferences you couldn’t talk bad things about anyone.

“Wimbledon makes you dress in white making you look like I don’t know what. Tennis is boring, it’s like watching cricket. Then a guy like Kyrgios comes out and revolutionises everything.

“He packs stadiums, it’s a spectacle. My personality was also a bit ‘wrong’. I used to attract a lot of attention by throwing rackets, or by saying ‘old f***’ (to an annoying lady in the crowd). People were entertained.”
Good to see he hasn't changed one bit :-D

Obviously I'm not a fan of any of these Conor McGregor types, but he's not wrong in saying they're more entertaining and grab more headlines than the Big 3.

Again I like players with some character and box-office value (Djokovic, Agassi, Safin etc) but there's a difference between throwing your racquet at the net post and throwing your wife out of a moving car (as Rios allegedly did, and fits completely with his general behavior back then). One of the most gifted players to ever pick up a racquet, and also consistently one of the worst-behaved.
 
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