This is only "tennis" wise... comments like "Fed fans are better looking" are missing the point
But seriously - here's the dilemma: The way I see it, both camps are filled with tennis aficionados and students of the game. And I attribute that to their "idols"... But the "strife" and bickering, often followed with stupid meanness, are at times just over the top. And (deep down) do not represent genuine feelings. So, let's take it apart:
1. Fed - the art of his game simply invites the audience to "try to understand". Every tool in his bag is a little work of art... Forehand, Backhand, return-slice, movement... omg the movement... you name it. In almost everything he does one can see the "strive to perfection" and hours upon hours of contemplation/understanding and crafting every little nuance about it. It's nothing but intoxicating and admiration-worthy.
2. Djoker - he comes from the Sun Tzu manual... Everything has a purpose, everything is measured, tactics and strategy are one, the questions he asks during the point are as unpredictable as they are damaging and mesmerizing. His defense is offense, his offense is ruthless. What he tells us is: apply and commit yourself, give it what it needs and dont stop improving/preparing - and you'll see the tree of success growing.
So, can we summarize this to "Artist" vs "Warrior" dichotomy?
Are they really that different?
Yes, the sheer talent Fed was blessed with is one-in-a-billion (but how many talents dissipated in oblivion without reaching anything?) , but isn't Djoker's "Anything is possible if you give yourself to it" equally impressive?
There's also the perception about their "personalities"...
One camp holds that Fed is "class", "gentleman", etc and that Djoker is "crass", "too open", "silly", "Jester"... The other camp praise Djoker's spirit, will, strength and what they see as Djoker being "inviting" - while they frown upon Fed's "arrogance", "passive-aggressive personality", "sore looser" persona...
But - I'm sure that most, if not all, Fed and Djoker fans:
a) have high respect for the craft and perfection of both players
b) understand that most of the "personality" stuff is inaccurate/superficial/PR
c) love to watch both players and enjoy the tennis they produce
Soooo... what are your thoughts?