Nadal knows how close Federer was this time, maybe closer than even the five setter at Rome in 2006. Add the current state Federer is in, and this, Nadal knows, must be stinging real hard.
So what does Nadal do? He uses his body language to convey his condolences – sincerely and with great respect – to keep it exactly in line. Notice his facial expression and you can read his soul, I think.
This is one of the best photos I have seen in a long time, irrespective of sport or whatever.
It truly shows Nadal thinking from the other person’s perspective – genuinely. He did not have to do that.
If this doesn’t move you, you are not tough, you are freaking dead even though you may have a pulse.
GREAT JOB, NADAL. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU.