Tennis legend Roger Federer has been hailed for a perfect batting technique after he showed off his cricket skills at Wimbledon.
In the first set of his round of 16 clash against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, Federer had an opportunity to be playful with a dead ball that was bouncing towards him.
Rather than simply guiding the bouncing ball away and towards one of the ball kids, Federer thought it would be a good opportunity to provide some bonus entertainment for his adoring fans at Wimbledon.
His forward defensive stroke drew polite applause from tennis fans at the court, and a hilarious exchange on Twitter, after the official Wimbledon account sent a message to the International Cricket Council.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2018
Not ones to back away from a bit of online banter, the ICC had a hilarious response, adding the Swiss Maestro to their database of professional cricketers.
Federer’s impressive defensive shot quickly went viral, with many cricket fans applauding his technique online.
Is there anything that this guy cant do ??? That was a perfect forward defensive shot and a perfect roll of the wrists to keep the ball down 🙂
He can Play cricket for SA 🙂
— FTW ! (@IamIVK) July 9, 2018
Looks like he could dig in under pressure like our beloved @FredBoycott
— Whodiddy Bennite 🇬🇧🏴🐝⚽️🏏🏈⚾️🎲 (@Whodiddy1) July 10, 2018
I think he watch Rahul Dravid batting
— Rana 🇮🇳 (@Ranask35) July 10, 2018
Better defense than most cricketers these days 😂😂😎
— deepanshu bhagat (@deepanshu270) July 10, 2018
Beautiful flick of the wrists
— NoComment (@HasinNoComment) July 10, 2018
It’s clearly not the first time Federer has honed his skills with a cricket bat.
— CPL T20 (@CPL) July 10, 2018
Federer’s frosty response to Wimbledon, World Cup scheduling clash
Roger Federer thinks a scheduling clash between the World Cup and Wimbledon is football’s issue, and not something tennis should be worrying about.
Roger Federer suggested a clash between the World Cup final and the Wimbledon men’s singles final may be more of a concern for those in Russia rather than competitors at SW19.
The World Cup showpiece will take place on Sunday at 18:00 (local time), which is 16:00 BST, meaning it is likely to kick off during the men’s grass-court final, which eight-time champion Federer is a heavy favourite to be a part of.
With England still in contention to reach the final in Moscow, it has been suggested the football tournament could prove a significant distraction as fans at Wimbledon try to keep up with events in the Russian capital.
But Federer offered a contrasting view in his media conference following a 6-0 7-5 6-4 fourth-round win over Adrian Mannarino on Monday.
“Well, it’s going to happen anyway, if I’m going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final,” Federer said in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek response.
“I’m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on. They’ll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what’s going on at Wimbledon.
“That’s how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here. Maybe you should ask the questions over in Russia, how they’re going to feel about Wimbledon being played at the same time.”
Federer, who will face either Kevin Anderson or Gael Monfils in the last eight, needed just 16 minutes to wrap up the opening set against Mannarino.
Asked if he expected more from an opponent in the world’s top 30, Federer said: “I think it’s a tough matchup for him maybe against me. I’m not sure.
“But, sure, I was also surprised it was that fast, that first set, especially 16 minutes. That was too fast. Shouldn’t really happen, but thankfully they do for me. I probably won’t have another 6-0 set this week, so I’ll enjoy this one.”