Federer serves @ set point (set No. 2). Del Potro's return sails wide. Federer begins march to his seat.
Meanwhile Del Potro asks umpire's opinion if the serve was in or out (remember something similar - heck, identical - sometime back @ I dunno know US Open freaking final?). They go back and forth and finally Del Potro decides to challenge it.
Serve is ruled out. Federer has to 'return'. And smoke is pouring out through ALL of his 'available' openings.
Federer wins the set eventually and then unloads on the umpire - similar to that 'sometime back' thingy.
So Federer's rationale is that if the opponent took a tad longer to challenge the call EVEN though the ball may be out, Federer should STILL get the point? If you give him the benefit of the doubt, Federer may have a point.
BUT shouldn't ANY athlete showcase his sportsmanship and willingly and gracefully relinquish the point SPECIALLY when the ball is out - time it took to challenge notwithstanding?
I mean, why would you want to win a point you clearly lost? More so when now it's public knowledge and you contesting it will do NOTHING but make you look bad?
That's like Trump's lawyer asking Mueller to drop the Russian investigation. If you are innocent, why would you bother?
So if you are fuming over the call now, is it possible you knew or had a fairly decent idea that the ball may be out. If not, why would you bother to get angry?
Guilty man acts accordingly so does the innocent.
But wait, Federer is not ANY athlete like the above example is alluding to.
He has been chosen a freaking record 16 freaking times for the Sportsmanship award by - wait of it - his fellow freaking players - and one of them is across the net right about now. Not enough?
Federer has won 20 freaking Slams and 27 Masters 1000 titles. Del Potro had NEVER won a Masters 1000 title and has ONE Slam.
You see, when you push ambition beyond a point the separation between ambition and outright greed begins to blur.
Just ask Jordan, LeBron or even Kobe. You cannot let your ambition come even close to bleeding onto greed territory - leave alone @ blurring mode. Why? Because your fellow players will WILLINGLY sabotage their own game to make sure you do not get what you are after because you are treating them like props to get your next station rather than 'carrying' them to glory with respect, dignity and honor.
Even Nadal or Connors are not immune. This 'do or die', 'never gives up' and 'extreme competitor' BS comes with a distinct and marked perimeter. You look like a joker if you even dare to cross over.
Bottom line: When your greed is this chronic that you want the point you thought you lost to be 'granted' to you - even though it's now been proven you did lose it - you are soaring past the 'sorest loser in the history of sports' stratosphere so fast and so far that it is beyond refute and contradiction.
And you think that hit on Del Potro was anything dissimilar from Sharapova's @ Serena? Get freaking real!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND this clown is the GOAT of tennis? What a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Side note: When you disclose what you did @ US Open final, why would the clown NOT recreate the same scenario EVERY TIME he faces you when the first time it worked so well - to agitate and ruffle your feathers?
For rock people, that means there's a reasonable possibility that Del Potro 'acted' intentionally - and successfully.