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Roger Federer Talks Jeremy Lin, Hopes To Meet Knicks Sensation

02/23/12 01:37 PM ET  AP

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Roger Federer is keeping tabs on Jeremy Lin.

NEW YORK — Roger Federer is a big basketball fan, so he's keeping tabs on Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and hopes they can meet.

On a conference call Thursday to promote a March 5 exhibition against Andy Roddick at Madison Square Garden – home, of course, to Lin's Knicks – 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer said he's "heard a bit about" the latest NBA phenomenon.

Federer says it's quite an "incredible story, actually, and I hope he can come to the exhibition."

He calls the Harvard player's surprising stardom an example of "why, I think, we all follow sports – because of great stories like this," when "all of a sudden, someone breaks through that you didn't know or didn't expect."

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