I like that too, TJ - and I do hope their friendship becomes close again when they hang up their racquets, because I like both of them.
I've noticed that about Novak too, and his apeman celebrations always irritated me. Maybe his Dad, or his PR team had a word? Or maybe he just simply decided it was time he grew up?
What caught my eye though was that Novak doesn't lose his temper when he's losing. Erm ... what about the racquets he's smashed up? Frustration? Anger? There's not much difference between them really.
I like both of them too, on the whole. I think they are alike in a lot of ways, but different enough to make life interesting. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if they do become very good friends when they have both retired, but for now I'm glad they aren't, because of what that signifies for Andy - that he's a threat and Novak knows it, which I think is brilliant.
I seem to remember Novak doing the apeman thing last when he beat Wawrinka in Australia. I honestly don't recall him doing it since. I could be wrong, but I get the feeling someone might have had a word about it. I know the internet was quite lively with comments after that match, a lot of them said how inappropriate the reaction was after such a great match, where Stan really took it to Novak. I think some felt Novak was rubbing Stan's nose in it a bit, and I am inclined to agree. The thing is, players often avoid the internet, papers and such during tournaments, for reasons that make sense, but surely some stuff gets back. I also seem to recall Novak apologising on twitter after the match, and while it wasn't exactly clear, a lot of people thought he was apologising for the apeman bit. Either way, I'm glad he appears to have stopped doing it.
I should have commented on that last bit! I can recall a few times in recent years when Novak has smashed racquets when he's losing! Wimbledon, either last year or the year before springs to mind. I think it was last year. He was having some bother on the middle Saturday and smashed the living daylights out of a racquet! It is frustration, of course, and they all do it from time to time, but frustration is temper really, losing your temper at the situation.
I do get the feeling that Novak's parents do put him on a bit of a pedestal, and knowing what my mother was like about my brother (she absolutely worshipped the ground he walked on) I do get it. What sticks in my mind from the Wimbledon final though, was the way Novak's Mum went over and hugged Judy after the match. It looked utterly genuine and was so classy. The contrast between that and the moment when Andy was climbing up to the players box was striking. My eye was drawn to Jelena standing at the front of the box. She was standing there with her hands on her hips looking absolutely livid.