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Two Greats Unite: Federer Meets Michael Jordan

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Federer, Jordan© Nike Inc.Michael Jordan designed Roger Federer's new shoes, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour AJ3, at the US Open.

Basketball legend Michael Jordan watched Roger Federer become the first player to claim 50 match wins this season with victory in the US Open first round Monday.

Asked about Jordan's presence, Federer said: “I was so happy that he came into the world of tennis for a little bit and that he got to see me as the character in the whole show was pretty cool. I met him yesterday for the first time and it was a big deal for me; it’s been a special past 24 hours. We talked how I prepare, how much I play, where I go next; we exchanged ideas about our respective sports. That’s what you talk about.

“He was my all-sports idol growing up. [NBA] was big on the German TV station, the NBA highlights. That’s where I saw him do all his moves. I was into his great athleticism. That’s what inspired me.”

Six-time NBA champion Jordan sat in Federer’s box throughout the match, in which Federer debuted his new shoe, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour AJ3, which looked somewhat like the Air Jordans sported by the former Chicago Bulls icon during his legendary career. Also cheering on Federer was hockey star Henrik Lundqvist, of the New York Rangers.

Asked what about Jordan inspired him, Federer said, "His longevity, the way he made it look easy, his will to win, wanting to be the best, delivering under pressure, being a superstar in a team sport, carrying his team for so many years. There's so many things that he did well and represented the game really nicely, I thought. That's why he also became my idol."

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