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11/18/2012

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banti

acknowledging a great shot by an opponent by clapping etc.

nipurn

Bending down to grab his knees, ankles, legs as if he's hurt or injured.

Bettyjane

Banti's got it I believe. he does this all the time, like Vijay Armitraj used to do!

Veglia

Winner: BANTI

HOWEVER, Nole needs exactly that to sustain his level, quite opposite from other greats. He needs to feel an underdog, playing against the odds, against the crowd and forces of nature. Remember the expression on his face before The Shot at US Open? His game is extremely emotional and he needs this sense of being somehow at a disadvantage to fuel his efforts.

chipnputt

Yup, Banti has got it. Well done,

Stella

well, I think that applauding a opponent shot is just good manners rather than a sign of less killer instinct ( maybe I'm generation older than the rest of you !! ).
I think it is the pouting and arm gestures and showing " why is that happening to me " stuff towards his box that he does when he makes a mistake or loses a point that he feels he should have won.

banti

Wow really?? I like the gesture, but for some reason when Novak doing it annoys me:) Never seen Armitraj play, caught a few of his films though:) Will have to youtube some matches.. And there is no way TP is handing me this WOF this easily, almost a 100% on this.

Bonnie

I agree with you Stella! I think it's just good manners, and I also hate his posturing. I would like him so much better if he just had more of a poker face, and didn't pound his chest, act like a primate, etc....

Stella

or there is the constant fingering and kissing of his cross round his neck. Yes, he is religious but it sends a message that he doesn't feel strong enough to complete the task on his own, he needs help from a higher power

ricky

you win, Banti!

Bettyjane

Armitraj had a beautiful game to watch and was a great sportsman as well. lol at Nole annoying you. I understsand! Well at least it's not like Andy Murray's reaction to a brilliant shot. Saying the f word and walking away in disgust like he should have had a play on the ball.

The wall is YOURS. just accept this Banti, lol!

Jenny

Seconded to Bettyjane on all counts and I too nominate banti.

scoobs

He got that wooden cross from the Patriarch of Serbia before his death. I think it flies around during points and he wants to adjust it and make sure it's still "there."

shedooby

He doesn't +need+ a higher power to win, he simply loves and believes in one.

kam

Yap that's the one.

Rick

Oh Lord, the Mother Serbia thing again.
Sorry, I just find it tiresome.

Tennis Planet

WINNER: BANTI.

It's a scientifically proven fact that body language dictates emotions. If you smile, walk with head held high, chest out etc., your mind - WITHOUT ANY EFFORT FROM YOUR END - will release postivity. Conversely, slump your shoulders, make a sad face etc. and..........

Translation: You cannot clap for your opponent without AUTOMATICALLY releasing reconciliatory and softer feelings towards him. There is a VERY distinct line separating good sportsmanship and killer's instinct. You cannot cross over without relinquishing the other - COMPLETELY.

Other greats not only NOT clap, they swing to the other extreme by belittling the shot by raising their head to signify one or both of two things:

1. Their own shot before the magical one from their opponent was the problem that allowed this to happen.

2. The magical shot was a fluke and a lucky one.

Jenny

Well done Banti!

alex

Congrat. Banti. Great job and fast too. The first and the best response.

chipnputt

Well done Banti -- quick and easy. You must be now be in the HOF of WOF winners!

Bettyjane

Happy for you Banti!!

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