So, I was intrigued by this paragraph from tennis.com on Davydenko in his match vs. Djokovic
Fortunately for Djokovic, he was playing the ever placid and routine-oriented Davydenko, who refrained from getting fired up even after this reprieve. This gave Djokovic the emotional space to calm down and go back to business without having to think about what his opponent was doing. Lesson to anyone who plays tennis: Even if you’re behind, show some fire when you see that your opponent’s nerves are getting to him; it will confirm in his mind that blowing the match is a possibility, which will increase his anxiety even more. Davydenko predictably kept his head down and failed to change the dynamics of this match. Djokovic settled back in, broke serve, and held routinely for the title.
I know we have discussed quite a few times about certain players and how we like or how we don't like it if they do fist pumps or stay calm etc, but I don't know if we ever had a poll. So this is obviously very open to interpretation. A fist pump from someone like Davydenko might not be taken in the same spirit as a fist pump from Nadal or Djokovic or Hewitt. So personal biases aside (kinda hard, obviously we pick our players based on what we like to see)..
Do you think a player is 'allowed' to play tricks and mindgames and even push the limits of manners to win the game. Or should a player be focused only on his tennis and win from there.
By tricks, mindgames and such I mean a variety of things - some things fall under acceptable by some people, some dont. Over-active emotional bursts even if it isn't enitrely deserved at the moment, not always necessary line call challenges or complaints .. increasing/decreasing pace of the game based on your situation.. and even outside the point/game things like smashing the ball into the courts... things like that.
so for example that situation in the quote above. If Davydenko has stepped outside his character and tried to show emotion or fire, he probably would have played some mindgames on Djokovic and maybe fire himself more and win the set. Instead he let Djokovic who is gifted in more than just tennis to come back into the match. Davydenko was trying to win with his tennis alone and that's what he does, that's him.
Ideally of course there should be a balance (I think at least) so a player knows how to capitalize on crowd support, momentum turns and such and learn to not only up his game but also bring down the opponent's game but again he should do it properly. Taking injury timeouts for example is just ugly if you are doing that to mess up your opponent.