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Kohli opens up on chat with Federer at Australian Open: 'It was just a beautiful time'

Virat Kohli met Roger Federer at the Australian Open after India's 2-1 ODI series win against Australia.

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New Delhi Published on: January 26, 2019 20:24 IST
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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma met Roger Federer at the Australian Open

Virat Kohli loves Roger Federer and recently he met the Swiss Maestro during India's stay in Australia, where they had already defeated the hosts in the three-match ODI series.

As India scripted history and waited to come to New Zealand, the Indian players decided to go for some live tennis action at the Australian Open and Kohli was no different.

The 30-year-old along with his wife Anushka Sharma met the legend and shared photos of their day out in the middle where they not only met the current world No.3 but also watched Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams play.

However, for the Indian captain, meeting Federer again was an amazing experience.

"Well...amazing, I have met him (Federer) a couple of times earlier as well. He told me that he met me in Sydney few years back when he played an exhibition game and the fact that he remembered was like...wow!," Kohli said.

"For me, I mean...I can't explain that feeling. I have seen him play since I was a child and he's a great, great man not just a great tennis player.

"And he kept asking questions...I was like he's asking me questions? I could speak to him about mindset, how he prepares, what he thinks about his sport. And it was just a beautiful, beautiful time" he added.

Kohli had met Federer in 2015 when India had toured Down Under the last time as Federer was again in the country for the Australian Open.

In 2015, Kohli had a sensational tour himself as he smashed 692 runs from four matches but India lost the four-Test series 2-0. However, this time aroumd, things were different as India returned triumphant 2-1 in the four-match rubber and also beat the hosts by the same scoreline in the ODI series.

For Federer however, it was a bad one as he was knocked out in the third round by Andreas Seppi of Italy while this year, Federer was knocked out by 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round at Melbourne.

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