Of course, chrissie would never had stood there like a bauling crying baby, the way he did after Nadal beat him in OZ... but she Is the ice maiden, after all.
I am sure she DID feel that way a number of times against Martina during her 83/84 draught.
but like, last week, my friend was over saying she couldnt get into Fed because he showed no emotion. And I said, yeah he just focuses and doesnt try to entertain the crowd at all...and people said chris was boring, the exact same way. But i....was never bored.
I never "got" the Chrissie not showing emotion label. To me, she shows tons of emotion, and has from the very beginning. Albeit in a quiet way. Same as Graf. Look at Chrissie's face during play -- or even when she's resting.
It's all there. Grimaces when she's confused or not playing well, the quiet sighs, scrunched nostrils and mouth. The "look" of the snake on a bad call! She just didn't verbalize or do the full body dramatic stuff as Martina or Billie Jean did.
As for Federer -- yeah, he's got all the moves. Chris was a stiffer player, not outrageously fast, but there is not a more beautiful set of shots in the game than an Evert passing shot on the run. Especially on the backhand!
TC showed the 1986 FO final last night, and while I never considered that match great, it does feature some beauty from Evert on those passes, and some nice volley's too. She wasn't "bad" at net, just sometimes not as natural.
About Fed. Yeah, Fed has it all, but the "freak from Majorca" (as Andre calls him) has worked himself into being a little better. I don't agree with those who say that Fed dropped off, I see it as Rafa just being smart and proving himself a little more iron man than Fed.
Which is a GOOD thing for Federer in my opinion. A legend -- certainly anyone who considers themselves the GOAT -- is distinguished with how they react to a serious threat. Will the person rise to the next level to overcome the challenge (as Navratilova did to Evert, and then Evert had to do to compete with Navratilova)?!
For Roger to be like Chris, for me, he'll have to learn to deal with Nadal -- or Murray if he manages it -- who at the moment is better than himself.
Chris suffered some terrible loses to Tracy, and to Martina. Heck, I remember that first loss to Evonne! Yet, she always seemed to push ahead, and promised that she'd do whatever it took to do better next time. Roger could learn a thing or two from Chris in my opinion.