If you are not a lunatic crackhead, like McEnroe, would your behavior be any different, if you were in Federer’s shoes?
Isn’t it easy to be all pretty, nice, gracious, majestic etc. when everything is so beautiful and going your way? He is a great player, and that is where his personality emanates from. Not vice versa.
If you doubt it, just observe what happens to his ‘model’ personality, every freaking time he looses. He called Nadal ‘one dimensional’ player, after he broke his invincibility shield. If you have been following the drama, you know there are scores of such instances, after his losses.
Contrast that to Nadal’s demeanor, when he looses, even to Djokovic, who has done enough to rile a turtle. Nadal’s personality has no such mood swings, signifying, what we see is unadulterated. He is neither delirious in win, or vindictive in defeat. Isn’t that the model person?
Maybe Nadal does not have that much to defend, or not as much at stake as Federer, but is that a pass to berate your competitor publicly, at worst, or make long mean faces at award ceremonies, at best?
That can mean only one thing: When he is winning, he is a model citizen, but when he looses, he dips below even the regulars on the tour. His tennis dictates what kind of person we will see in public, whereas Nadal’s personality governs how he behaves, whether it is a win or a loss.
Any even that ‘great’ player status, is not without a long shadow of doubt, from none other than the previous greats of the game. ‘Current competition lacks depth’ is the greatest knock on his stellar career. Except Nadal, there is no other worthy contender for the ’Hall of Fame’ spot, during his reign.
Former greats from Emerson to Sampras have openly voiced the miserable lack of depth in today’s field.
So what we are left to conclude is this: We will see this ideal person in Federer, only if he wins. There is more than enough evidence now, to substantiate that claim. He is just a loss away from turning into a whiny, ungracious and poor loser.
Although he appears to have cleaned up his act, lately, but that track record, makes the current behavior even more fake and rehearsed.
What’s truly inside you, will find a way out, in many ways. Human eye can detect it, instantly.
Like I always say ‘You can fool all the people, some of the time, or you can fool all the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time’. Truth will find a way, sooner or later.