Federer fascinated by Tendulkar

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Swiss tennis star Roger Federer loves watching cricket and is particularly fascinated with the talent of soon to be retired Sachin Tendulkar.

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer loves watching cricket and is particularly fascinated with the talent of soon to be retired Sachin Tendulkar.

Federed revealed in an exclusive interview with <i>Times of India </i>that he had enjoyed picking the little master's brain and that he respects the contribution Tendulkar has made to the game.

The 32-year had previously met Tendulkar and claims that he keeps a track of the matches the Indian cricketer plays.

"I've seen him play, not as much as I would've liked, but I've watched him on television several times," Federer told <i>Times of India</i>.

Tendulkar is set to retire at the completion of his 200th Test match that is scheduled to take place in Mumbai, India, this month.

Federer paid tribute to the legend saying that he had been a patron of the game and that his presence will be missed.

"It is always sad when the curtains come down on a great career," said the 17 time Grand Slam champion.

"I'm really happy for him that he can go out on his terms, at the time he has chosen, at a venue of his choice. That's really great. I hope his farewell game is everything he wants it to be. He deserves it."

"I wish him a great life after cricket – Hope it is as exciting and memorable as his cricket."

Having met many of the greatest sportsmen and women, Federer said that there was something special about Tendulkar and that he really enjoyed the time he had spent with him.

"I'm glad I got to meet him, we had tea in the terrace at Wimbledon," Federer reflected.

"I remember the meeting clearly. I enjoy meeting great athletes. It is an experience for me. I like picking their brains, seeing how it works and I enjoyed my time with Sachin."

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