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McIlroy Reunites With Federer, Helps Djokovic's Golf Game

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

McIlroy, Federer© ATPWorld No. 1s Rory McIlroy and Roger Federer meet in Cincinnati.

A pair of World No. 1s, Rory McIlroy and Roger Federer, met up Thursday at the Western & Southern Open following the Swiss’ 6-2, 6-4 victory over Australian teenager Bernard Tomic.

“I’ve gotten to know Roger a little bit over the past couple years,” said McIlroy. “Nice to see him, nice to spend a little bit of time talking to him today.”

McIlroy won the PGA Championship on Sunday in South Carolina by a record eight strokes, and was glad for a chance to relax in Cincinnati.

“It’s been good. It’s nice to get away from life on the golf tour, especially after last week,” he said. “It’s been nice and quiet, probably a quieter week than I would’ve had if I had went anywhere else. It’s been nice to sort of settle in and get a week away from everything.”

Novak Djokovic took advantage of McIlroy’s presence at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, asking him and fellow golf pro Sergio Garcia for some tips on improving his game.

“He was asking us, ‘With the driver your head is supposed to be behind the ball at impact?’” explained McIlroy. “We were like, ‘Well yeah, sort of, but don’t lean back on your right side. You have to come up, it’s just like tennis, you have to transfer your weight to your left side.’ So we just gave him a little bit of advice. He was going to hit some balls yesterday.”

Meanwhile, Garcia hit the tennis court with Brad Gilbert, who gave the Spaniard a promising review. “He moves pretty darn well for a guy [who is] 32; he looks very fit, good forehand. I put him between a 4.0 and a 4.5. The backhand can use a little bit of help, he’s a little sensitive about that shot, but he loves it and is very keen to get better.”

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