Nadal: I'm not a hypocrite. I would have preferred Thiem to win the Australian Open

ForehandCross

Professional
He basically said, he would have preferred Thiem win because it would have been better for him (Nadal), but he congratulates Novak nonetheless, and that doesn't make him a hypocrite for preferring Thiem, but still congratulating Djokovic.

Thanks .

Then I fail to say what is the issue here.
 

40L0VE

Rookie
To feel that way and still live as normal when your rival wins is the healthy way to deal with the emotion. Most players and fans are like this. There's nothing wrong with it.
 

RF-18

G.O.A.T.
If Djoko had lost, Nadal would still be #1. So obviously he'd have liked Thiem to win. Also he likes Thiem very much and probably wanted to see him bag his first slam win after losses in the french
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
Pretty cool of him to say that publicly. A too 'real' thing to say for an athlete, in today's age I guess, ateast for Tennis.
Flip side of what Federer has been saying about Djodal passing him in GS tally.
Yes, nowadays athletes all talk like politicians and I can't hear it anymore.

Kyrgios is kinda like the complete opposite, trying hard to be a troll.

I guess something in the middle would be the best approach.
 

Djokodalerer31

Hall of Fame
So he was being honest about admitting he would preffer Novak to lose, so that could stay number one in the world and with his 16 grand slams, rather than narrowing the gap to 2 grand slam titles and on top of that having Novak's perfect record in a grand slam final of his pet slam gotten screwed, whilst maintaing his own at Roland Garros intact? I don't see any reason why he should have supported Novak over Thiem in that Sunday final given all the implications...LOL
 
Nothing wrong with what Rafa said. He knows the threat Djokovic has when he gets on a roll. He knows djoko on 17 slams and back to no1. Djoko is the most difficult opponent nadal ever had and is biggest rival in GOAT debate. Plus deep down he doesn’t want Novak getting super confident again especially if he brings it on to clay, as that could put rafas french crown in danger.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Obviously, yes (I would have preferred Thiem's victory). You don't have to be a hypocrite, right? It would have been better for me personally if Thiem won. But, to be honest, I slept exactly as well the last two days. In that regard it doesn't matter if Dominic had won or if Novak (Djokovic) won. It is part of our sport. This tournament is particularly good at Novak. And right now he is, today, the best player in the world. This is what the numbers say. And the only thing that can be done is to congratulate him on another great success.
 

SonnyT

Semi-Pro
A while back at a Slam, I don't remember which year or which slam. Nadal and Djokovic made it to the semis, in opposite halves. They were asked separately which finalist they'd prefer to play.
Rafa: "Not Novak, I'm not crazy."
Novak: "I always look forward to meeting Rafa. It'd be a huge challenge."

Anyone else recall that incident?
 

StANDAA

Legend
So he was being honest about admitting he would preffer Novak to lose, so that could stay number one in the world and with his 16 grand slams, rather than narrowing the gap to 2 grand slam titles and on top of that having Novak's perfect record in a grand slam final of his pet slam gotten screwed, whilst maintaing his own at Roland Garros intact? I don't see any reason why he should have supported Novak over Thiem in that Sunday final given all the implications...LOL
one reason I can think of is Thiem finally getting the confidence in GS finals, cause his problem is obviously mental, so beating Djoker in the AO final could make him more of a threat if he were to make another RG final against Ralph. it’s the confidence Djokovic doesn’t lack.
 
Lmao

#itrymybest
The funny part is how few of Bull's adjectives were included by that hater, right? E.g., he is not only truthful, but also humble, modest, just, moral, and did I mention humble?

we just witnessed the greatest act of sincerity ever formulated by any humain being over the course of history and you guys still dare to doubt about the authenticity of the godfaker ?! :eek:

heretics... y'all are heretics !!!
It was also the most humble and modest act ever performed, even beating his previous performances.
 

FRV2

Hall of Fame
Pretty cool of him to say that publicly. A too 'real' thing to say for an athlete, in today's age I guess, ateast for Tennis.
Flip side of what Federer has been saying about Djodal passing him in GS tally.
No, what Federer said was that it was obvious Nadal and Djokovic would pass him and that he guesses it was “OK” because that’s the way sports go. He didn’t say “I would root for Djokovic over Thiem in a grand slam finals”. Obviously, Federer wouldn’t be as straightforward about it as Rafa, but let’s not act like Federer is the “hypocrite”. I don’t like Rafa using the word “hypocrite”’ there anyways.
 

FRV2

Hall of Fame
No, what Federer said was that it was obvious Nadal and Djokovic would pass him and that he guesses it was “OK” because that’s the way sports go. He didn’t say “I would root for Djokovic over Thiem in a grand slam finals”. Obviously, Federer wouldn’t be as straightforward about it as Rafa, but let’s not act like Federer is the “hypocrite”. I don’t like Rafa using the word “hypocrite”’ there anyways.
To add to this further. Federer’s belief that he will be passed by both Djokovic and Nadal, thinking it is inevitable, gives him less incentive to root against them in a final. I said “less” not “no”. Nadal on the other hand is arguably the most likely to win the slam race and should obviously be rooting against Djokovic in a slam final, as he is the biggest threat besides myself as I’ve been training hard.
 

Mike Sams

Legend
Nothing wrong with what Rafa said. He knows the threat Djokovic has when he gets on a roll. He knows djoko on 17 slams and back to no1. Djoko is the most difficult opponent nadal ever had and is biggest rival in GOAT debate. Plus deep down he doesn’t want Novak getting super confident again especially if he brings it on to clay, as that could put rafas french crown in danger.
Djokovic's performance last week against Thiem in the finals of the AO would get him slaughtered if he brought that same level against Nadal in the finals on Phillip Chatrier at Roland Garros. Djokovic would be very lucky to even win a set playing like that.
 

DerekNoleFam1

Hall of Fame
one reason I can think of is Thiem finally getting the confidence in GS finals, cause his problem is obviously mental, so beating Djoker in the AO final could make him more of a threat if he were to make another RG final against Ralph. it’s the confidence Djokovic doesn’t lack.
Maybe, but not sure it is entirely a mental problem not beating Nadal in an RG final, because nobody has ever done it.
Likewise Nole in an AO final.
But gaining confidence is a big thing, as we saw that with Andy when he finally won a Slam.
 

OhYes

Legend
Fakerer and Lieovic are cringeworthy in this regard :confused:
What kind of example is this statement for kids ?
That he likes it easier and is afraid of fighting for success? That he is not a right kind of guy for our kids to look upon ?
And if he is not a hypocrite, then why is he so humble on court and offcourt ?
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
What kind of example is this statement for kids ?
That he likes it easier and is afraid of fighting for success? That he is not a right kind of guy for our kids to look upon ?
And if he is not a hypocrite, then why is he so humble on court and offcourt ?
Your post is an outstanding example of twisting his words.
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
What kind of example is this statement for kids ?
That he likes it easier and is afraid of fighting for success? That he is not a right kind of guy for our kids to look upon ?
And if he is not a hypocrite, then why is he so humble on court and offcourt ?
Djoke is the perfect example for "your kids" :rolleyes: Gamesmanship, fake affection for the tennis public combined with most rude outbursts, the definition of try hard, cringe celebrations, retirement career GS, delusion (I had the match under control), and not to forget boob throwing courtesy of esoteric practices that no normal person would endorse.

Amor y paz!

 

Start da Game

Hall of Fame
i think he wouldn't mind losing his roland garros title to thiem this year.......according to me he shouldn't even be playing garros anymore........
 
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