Crosby vs. Federer foiled
Monday, August 09, 2010
From staff and wire reports

Normally when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby walks into a room, he's the center of attention.

He had some company Sunday in Toronto.

The NHL superstar met tennis ace Roger Federer of Switzerland for the first time at the Rogers Cup. They were going to hit balls together on a practice court but rain scuttled their plans. Instead, the two got a chance to talk before holding a photo opportunity at the Rexall Centre.

Federer strolled into the media interview room with the collar raised on the jacket of his all-white warm-up suit. He was followed by a smiling Crosby, who was sporting tennis gear and a baseball hat.

Both athletes celebrated birthdays on the weekend and the tournament director brought out a cake for the occasion.

"But I'm older, you can tell, right?" Federer quipped as a swarm of photographers snapped away.

Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, turned 29 Sunday while Crosby turned 23 a day earlier.

"He mentioned that he watched the Olympics," Crosby said. "I mentioned that I'd seen him play at the U.S. Open and things like that. It was pretty general talk but I think it's pretty neat when you have that opportunity, being athletes and being able to relate to certain things.

"It's always fun to understand and learn what he may go through so that makes it a lot of fun."

Crosby scored the winning goal in overtime against the United States to give Canada the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Federer, a two-time Rogers Cup champion, isn't dominating the sport the way he did a few years ago. He is no longer the world's top-ranked player and he's seeded third at this tournament.

Crosby said he's a big tennis fan who enjoys getting on court in the summer months.


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