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Federer takes time off to meet Pele

Monday - Dec 10, 2012, 12:57pm (GMT+5.5)
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Sao Paulo -  Roger Federer took time off from his busy schedule as ambassador and participant of the Gilette Federer tennis exhibition tournament by visiting football legend Pele.

"Today I had the great honour of meeting the legendary Pele," the Swiss world No.2 said on his Facebook page Saturday. "He was so nice and his energy is amazing."

With Pele beside him, Federer posed for a photo while holding a 1960s-era all-blue Brazil shirt emblazoned with the Santos legend's signature, reports Xinhua.

In the same image, Pele held a tennis shirt presented to him by the 17-time grand slam winner with a personal message written on the front.

"I love playing tennis and today one of the greats of the game dropped by to say hello. Roger Federer, you are a champion on the court and in life," Pele wrote on his Twitter page.

The exhibition tournament in Sao Paulo also involves Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tommy Robredo, Tommy Haas and Thomaz Bellucci.

Federer had earlier announced that one of his prime objectives of his first visit to Brazil was to meet the three time World Cup winner.





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