Roger Federer won a shave-off yesterday in where else but Shanghai:
Appearing at a publicity event for a vibrating razor, Federer demonstrated his skills with a blade to 1,000 youths at a Chinese coming of age ceremony. Introduced as the world's sexiest man, Federer also said he wanted to play until he was 35 — and that he wants Brad Pitt to play him if a movie was made about the Swiss player's life . . . "Brad Pitt did some tough movies and I'd like mine to be a tough movie too," said Federer, who will be bidding for a fourth title at the Masters Cup beginning on Sunday. "Comedy would be fine too but I'm more a tough-guy movie kind of guy." Federer finished his appearance in downtown Shanghai by shaving alongside three baby-faced Chinese 20-year-olds, who appeared not to know one end of a razor from the other. "You have to put water on your face," Federer advised his fellow shavers, who shook nervously under the glare of flashlights and television cameras. "Then add the shaving cream."
Did they round-up these other contestants from the Tiananmen Square "re-education" class? God bless Mr. Federer for instructing these lads in a male rite of passage. He's a soft-touch. But tough. Who's tougher than a tennis player? No one, that's who. Although Brad Pitt is a bit of stretch. I assume Rog wants Brad to play his life, so he can feel less guilty about waxing his cat-gut to Angelina Jolie. Garry Shandling is the only person who can play Federer. -KD