If you remember what Roger Federer said during the Australian Open in January, you’ll immediately recognise why fans have lost it over this photo.
When Federer was Down Under five months ago, he produced the above piece of gold during an on-court interview with Channel 7’s Jim Courier.
After great rival Rafael Nadal brought back his signature sleeveless tank top at Melbourne Park, Courier asked Federer whether he would follow suit.
“That’s not going to happen,” Federer said with a laugh.
“My arms are not like his arms.”
And while we’re unlikely to ever see Federer go sleeveless during a tournament, it seems he’s more than happy to get the guns out in practice.
The Swiss legend was rocking a tank top in Dubai over the weekend, where he’s preparing for the upcoming grass court season.
And a young fan managed to snare a photo with the great man.
And in a unique twist of fate, Nadal was actually wearing the same top across the world in Spain.
— Tanika (@SitTanyusha) May 4, 2018
Eagle-eyed fans spotted the fact, and where more than happy to point out that Federer was indeed correct in his original assessment of his arms compared to Rafa’s.
— Suama (@suamax8) May 5, 2018
Roger should really not wear these sleeveless tops! Rafa on the other hand is yummy in his.
— Kosturi Ghosh (@Kosturi23) May 5, 2018
Roger muscle structure looks much more natural. His pectorals are much more impressive than Rafa's imo. Their body comparison tells so much about the differences of play style between the 2: one hits with all his might, the other one with all his studiousness, to make perfection
— StefanOfRoger (@stefanederoger) May 5, 2018
The comparison we can see here between Rafa's left and Fed's left is really unfair
— Or (@Orlevy) May 5, 2018
One of these guys wears it much better than the other.
And it's quite clear which one it is.
— sassygurl (@JanetLGO) May 5, 2018
AT first, I thought it was a photoshop. I have never seen Roger in sleveless top. Not a good sight…
— Luciahoff (@luciahoff) May 5, 2018
Rogers arm looks really thin!!!
— Dammers/Damo/Damien (@dammers1981) May 5, 2018
tbh, Roger really doesnt look like an athlete/sportsman here!
— Ms.Patibandla (@manasa_p) May 5, 2018
“My arms are not like his arms”
— m (@flickersmartina) May 6, 2018
They are both amazing legends!!
The top fits rafa better though….
— Sam (@Sam38821905) May 5, 2018
Fed Was Right‼️ He doesn't have the arms…SMH
— Ichuse1 (@Ichuse2) May 5, 2018
However as Anna Chakvetadze once said: “Tennis is not bodybuilding.”
“Nadal himself says he hits the gym once or twice a week. True or not, I can’t say.
“And yet there is Federer, he is the opposite. And at the moment he has won more titles.”