Let me decode Babbsí real frustration here. First of all, heís a very biased person. So if he says heís being objective then heís only kidding himself. If you pay attention to his posts over the years, you will notice that Americans (unless you are Serena), Italians, French and Spanish players can do nothing wrong. In any case, take this Murray vs Federer match where Federer told Andy off (Ďyou f**king stoppedí) when he was serving for the match, Babbs hasnít said a word (thatís because he needs Federer and his fans right now and I will explain later why so) but if a player he doesnít like, Serena for instance, he would have made a bigger mess than the actual mess and all hell would have broken loose. All you have to do is pay attention to all these incidents and subsequent reactions by not only Babbs but some other posters. But it's been all very quite on the western front here despite Federer getting Edberg sportsmanship award year after year.
Babbs main frustration is that this forum is declining and itís not seeing as many fans as it used to. So heís basically taking it out on Andy and Nole and blaming their rivalry for this forumís downfall. When in reality, this forum has always been a Heaven for the Federer fans and the majority of the fans have always been Federer fans (I used to count back then and both in 2008 and 2009, the ratio was 5:1). It peaked in 2008 since the Nadal vs Federer rivalry peaked at that time, when Nadal decided to take things outside clay/RG and dethrone Federer. If you go back to those times, you would see nothing but bickerings/arguments between Fed and Nadal fans (and Babbs loved it I tell ya). In 2009, it was obvious since Nadal got knocked out of RG by Soderling and decided to sit out Wimbledon. Double delight for Federer fans as Federer not only won RG and he also broke Samprasí record that year as well. So itís no wonder that this forum was flooding with Federer fans. Along came 2010 and Nadal swept the floor with 3 Slam victories and Federer didn't get see another Slam until 2012. Thatís when the forum started to decline in 2010 and both Murray and Djokovic rivalry was nowhere in sight. So Babbs is basically barking at the wrong rivalry right now.
This is mainly a fan based forum and not a general one but Babbs is delusional enough to think otherwise. Both Murray and Djokovic have always had limited number of fans here. I myself moved to another forum where it allows me to interact with other Murray fans. This one does have Nadal fans but they always stick to their own zone. So that really leaves Federer fans and Babbsí now advocating them for his own selfish reasons. But much to his dismay, when Federer retires, this forum will cease to exist. I mean this is no rocket science here when Nadal fans either get banned or their posts get deleted or compromised, eh? I mean you donít need a bigger hint than this.
This forum will never see the kind of success itís seen back in 2008 and 2009 because Federer is not getting younger and fans like Pawan, Gawdblessya etc. will disappear faster than the light once he retires.
And it is so lame to compare a full blown rivalry (Nadal vs Federer) vs one that has only started (since 2012 USO in fact) and itís even lamer when he compares menís final vs womenís. First of all, take a good look at the WTA AO thread here. 12 f**king pages vs 44 AO Menís pages. And if the womenís final drew 300,000 more people then there are a lot more reasons there than that. For one, Azarenkaís semi vs Stephens was very controversial because of the injury time out and so a lot of people became very curious about the final. But take a good look at the womenís semi and the other menís semi. The so called popular player Sharapova was beaten 2 and 2 by Li Na and Stephens was beaten by Azarenka 1 & 4. Even the other menís semi was very straight forward when Nole went on to beat Ferrer 2,2,2.
So talk about hypocrisy here. I mean when you are this biased you canít possibly convince people that you are being ďobjectiveĒ but thanks for the laugh Babbs, as usual I do like your humour. I am sure some of the Fedtards were convinced or at least it looks that way.
Thank you. Now continue with your daily rituals.