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

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 10, 2018 11:09:30 am

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

The No. 1 seed Roger Federer, defeated Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round of the Wimbledon 2018 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 being the favourite to lift the title this year. But during the first set, a unique style of shot caught Wimbledon’s attack. Leading 2-0 in the first set, Mannarino’s default 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 and the cricketing body joked about ranking Federer as the No. 1 Test batsmen in the World. ICC shared a screenshot of the Test batting rankings which showed the 20-time Grand Slam winner as the No. 1 batsmen in the World.

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

The 36-year old Federer will meet eight 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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