patzin sent in a short interview with Jon Wertheim.
Q: Back to the men’s game. We all know the differences between the style of tennis of Federer and Nadal. What is the biggest difference in them as people?
A: It’s interesting. In some ways they’re incredibly different. I joke that Federer is 27 going on 47. Nadal is 23 and acts his age, as evidenced by the hours he sacrifices before the mighty altar of Nintendo. Federer endorses Netjets. Nadal often flies coach. Federer puts on his Prada — sometimes handpicked for him by Anna Wintour — and dines at the finest joints in town. Nadal puts on a T-shirt and cooks for himself or orders room service.
Q: The biggest similarity?
A: Their “Sports Belief System” is very similar. They both comport themselves similarly and have overlapping senses of what is and isn’t cool. They both value humility; they both are careful not to stoke fires by doing anything or saying outrageous; they both have an inherent distrust of b.s. I suspect that if they were college roommates, they’d get along fine. Provided Nadal cleaned his half of the room every once in a while.
I suddenly had this mental image of Rafa, headphones on, bag of chips in one hand, PlayStation controller in the other, bouncing around the room singing loudly, and leaving a trail of crumbs as he goes along while Fed sits on a dignified rocking chair, wearing a cardigan, legs crossed and studying the latest issue of Vouge while slowly shaking his head and thinking, “I am not cleaning up that mess….again.” When they retire, they can star in a new version of the US sitcom The Odd Couple.