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Roger Federer or Sachin Tendulkar? Swiss great emulates SRT at Wimbledon


Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are regarded as icons in their respective sports.

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The No. 1 seed Roger Federer, defeated Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 drubbing. It was an absolutely dominant performance from the Swiss tennis star, who is touted as a favourite to lift the title for a record ninth time. During the first set, a unique style of shot caught Wimbledon’s attention. Leading 2-0 in the first set, Mannarino’s fault serve was defended by Federer in an almost “cricket” style.

Wimbledon was quick to notice and in a tongue-in-cheek tweet, they asked ICC to rate Federer’s shot. “Ratings for @rogerfederer’s forward defence, @ICC?,” Wimbledon wrote in a tweet with a video of the defensive shot.

ICC was quick to respond to Wimbledon’s Twitter handle and the cricketing body joked about ranking Federer as the No. 1 Test batsmen in the World. ICC shared an image of the Test rankings for batsmen which showed the 20-time Grand Slam winner as the No. 1 batsman in the world.

They further compared Federer’s shot with the defensive strokes played with legendary Sachin Tendulkar and shared a meme showing Sachin Tendulkar meeting Roger Federer, describing the two as “greatness”.

The 36-year old Federer will meet eighth seed Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinal on Wednesday. Anderson got past Gael Monfils 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 6-7 (4-7).

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