Monday, June 11, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1875:
Nadal defeats Djokovic at French Open -
Disgust + Anger Expression from Novak

Rafael Nadal just won his record seventh French Open at Roland Garros today Defeating Novak Djokovic in four sets, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Nadal, who now has 11 Major wins to his credit, prevented Djokovic from becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 from winning four consecutive majors. During the close-up of Novak at the 2:21 - 2:29 segment of this video, a classic but subtle nonverbal expression of disgust can be seen with the addition of some mild anger. Take particular note of the flaring of his nostrils and the tightening of his mid-face, particularly the "mustache area". In addition, Djokovic's eyebrows are drawn together and pulled downwards. There is also a bilateral partial closing of his eyelids - consistent with a "squint" of mild anger.

In the photograph below, which was taken at earlier match at this year's French Open, Djokovic gives a great body language display of thinning of the lips, particular of the upper lip - which is a highly indicative signal of anger. Note how very horizontally straight the lips are in this moment of anger.