Federporn Friday: Fedal Bonanza – Pt 1
Many of you might know that I started off on the Rafa side of the rivary. Roger really didn’t take my fancy until Aus Open 2007. From then on, my love for Roger grew and conversely, I became less interested in Rafa.
But despite all that, Rafa is still my second favourite male player. Being the bandwagon skank that I am, I may cheat on him occasionally with Bobby Sod or Jo-Willy, but rest assured Rafa: you will always be my biggest concubine.
This week’s Federporn Friday welcomes Rafa as a guest star. And because it’s our beloved Fedal, I’m devoting two weeks to picspamming you with their goodness.
We can start, of course, by going through a gazillion photos of them touching each other’s abs. Yay!
[Rafa’s hair … I have no words.]
Of course, Roger and Rafa have more than just great abs in common. They also share the same dedication to this sport.
… the same “bro-shirt”.
“Kinbé pa lagé”, meaning “hold on tight, don’t let go”. Made for the Haiti Relief.
They share the same dorkery.
… The same love of cars …
… The same furry eyebrows …
They even shared a secret handshake at Wimbledon, before the parting of ways.
They shared many stolen glances, as Rafa made gooey eyes at Roger.
And sometimes, Roger made gooey eyes back.
Err … sometimes he didn’t.
But that’s hardly the point!
The point is that what we have before us is one of the most professionally heated, but personally friendly rivalries in modern sports.
Watching the Sampragassi relationship come crashing down over the past few months has given me a renewed appreciation of Federer and Nadal and the way they’ve gotten along over the years: not because their mutual sponsor demanded it, not because it was good for PR that two of the most prominent men in this sport act like friends, but because the alternative – a war of words, bitching to the media, carrying out adolescent grudges at a charity fundraiser – was never an option.
It simply didn’t seem to occur to them that they should have reason to not to like each other.
So while Agassi and Sampras fell out at Indian Wells and created a media frenzy, Roger and Rafa walked off the court together, engrossed in friendly chatter.
It wasn’t the story of the day, but it was the better story.