Roger Federer's greatness on a tennis court is know to the world. However, the 20-time grand slam champion may also have the technique to become a great batsman.
Federer coasted to a straight-sets win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino to punch his ticket to the quarterfinals at SW19.
At the start of the third set, Mannarino went long with a forehand from the baseline prompting Federer to drive the ball off the court with the sort of technique one would associate with Sachin Tendulkar.
After the match, the Master Blaster tweeted to Federer saying, "As always, great hand-eye co-ordination. @rogerfederer, let’s exchange notes on cricket and tennis after you win your 9th @Wimbledon title."
Federer too responded by tweeting, "why wait? I'm ready to take notes! @sachin_rt."
It was an action not unnoticed by Wimbledon, with the tournament's official account tweeting: "Ratings for @rogerfederer's forward defence, @ICC? #Wimbledon."
That drew a tongue-in-cheek response from cricket's governing body with a mocked-up image of Federer atop the ICC's batting rankings, before also superimposing pictures of the defending Wimbledon champion and Tendulkar onto a Spider-Man meme with the caption: "When greatness recognises greatness".
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