I have to say,EJ,while I'm sure you're right-Andy's the kind of guy who'd have no problem admitting he'd made a mistake and getting up-I just don't think there'd ever be a need for Andy to move,because he just wouldn't make that mistake!
Maybe I'm wrong-it is possible for any human to make a mistake after all,and despite being the GOAT Fed is still human-but I just don't believe it was a mistake in this case.Federer's simply been playing for too long,and is too experienced,in my opinion,to make that kind of newbie error.Plus,how hard is it to go to the seat where they have a towel with your name waiting on it?!
The only way I can possibly see this being a mistake is that Federer is simply too used to being the highest-ranking player,and forgot that going down the rankings meant giving up the seat meant for the higher-ranked player.If that's the case,well,then,that reflects pretty poorly on him still.But again,the way I see it,it comes back to the fact that Federer is too experienced for that kind of mistake!I think you're just being very kind to him!
Two people have now accused me for being kind to Federer in less than 48 hours. I don't know what's happening anymore. Is this real or an illusion? What planet am I on!?!?!? lolol
Ok, seriously you do make a very good point that he can't possibly make that mistake given his lengthy career but Nole's now No. 1 for two years in a row and and it was Rafa who was ranked 1 in between. I think the mistake happened because Federer temporarily forgot that he was no longer No. 1 as they Nole and Federer have recently exchanged the ranking places, so I see there's some room for making this mistake.
And even if he did it on purpose, I don't see any clear cut motive behind it. It would have to be the silliest tactic ever. Nole is just mentally far too strong to fall for this kind of intimating trap. On the other hand, it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility but I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt as I feel everyone deserves it.