Although Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the best tennis players in the world, Federer says the competition wouldn’t be as tight if the rivals and friends were to face off in an arm wrestling match.
The 35-year-old Swiss athlete was hosting a Q&A session with fans on Periscope after practicing in Dubai when one curious questioner asked if he could beat Nadal, 30, in this very different kind of sporting event.
“Are you serious? No chance. My arms are so small,” Federer responded to the inquiry with a laugh.
Another fan jumped in to ask if Novak Djokovic, another tennis star, would be an easier opponent in an arm wrestling match. (Answer? Nope.)
“I don’t think I’ve beaten anybody. Whoever I’ve arm wrestled I’ve lost against,” he said. “If I’m good at anything, it’s probably rock, paper, scissors.”
Federer also used the live-streaming session to confess that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story wasn’t on his must-watch list this holiday season. In fact, he admitted he’s never seen any Star Wars films.
“Don’t hate me,” he joked.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion also spoke about his plans for the future, including his return to the sport after recovering from a left knee injury. His next tennis appearance, the first since losing in the Wimbledon semi-final in July, will be in early January at the Hopman Cup, a team tournament in Perth, Australia.
He said, “I’m just so excited to be playing again.”