Do any of you young people remember Mr Stephen Potter? He was the author of a series of books known as "One-upmanship", "Gamesmanship", etc. These books were made into a film "School for Scoundrels", starring amongst others Ian Carmichael, Terry Thomas.
What precisely Nadal and Uncle Toni are practising are straight out of these books. It is a long time since I have known any sportsperson, and in particular a tennis player to adopt Potter. I bet that Toni Nadal has read them.
If you have never read any of Potter's books, try and obtain copies. Might be difficult as they are long out of print.
Thanks OSS. This not-so-young person has heard of Potter's books but never read any of them, although I probably saw the film. Might try to get hold of one or two online as I'm very interested in what you've said here. Uncle Toni is a very foxy individual who I suspect knows every trick there is.
I love how one situation actually makes people go by crap written by the likes of Lynn Barber and Stephen Potter. You really think he has 10 slams because he is the worse player with better mind games? Nadal is a perfectionist and will be super paranoid about his well being given his tendinitis history. It was a panicked overreaction.
I think all players without exception do this, Murray is one of the greatest offenders.
Murray is undoubtedly a drama queen - maybe the footballer in him coming out - but, on reflection and having watched a replay of that first set, I still maintain that there was something very iffy about this. Delpo was getting under Nadal's skin, and it wouldn't have gone down too well to be beaten by a player currently ranked No. 21 who's still finding his way back to the top after a year's absence.