“On The Call” with Roger Federer and the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden

Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) and Pete Sampras of the U.S. (L) smile together on the court as they play against Andre Agassi of the U.S. and Rafael Nadal of Spain during their doubles exhibition doubles in the Hit for Haiti fund raiser event at the Indian Wells WTA and ATP tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, March 12, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)


Sixteen-time major champion Roger Federer held a conference call on Thursday to promote the BNP Paribas Showdown taking place on March 5 at Madison Square Garden.

Federer spoke to media about returning to play in Madison Square Garden:  “super excited as you can imagine. Playing Pete was obviously a great moment for me. Especially, it was something Pete really wanted to get done after we played some exhibitions in Asia and I think…there was a buzz in town that we were back in the city at a different time of the year really. It’s been a successful event since, and I can’t believe it’s been five years already. I’m really looking forward to it, being in America and the great rival, and I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderful night for tennis and for New York.”

Federer has been keeping up with the rise of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and what people are calling “Linsanity.” I think it’s quite an incredible story actually.” Federer said. “I hope he can come to the exhibition I think it would be great. I think this is why we all follow sports because of great stories like this, that all of a sudden someone breaks through that you didn’t know or didn’t expect and you didn’t know the result was going to happen and that he was able to help the Knicks to come through in the way he did now is a great thing. You know, I love New York Knicks, and obviously having played in that arena you know as well has been amazing for me. I wish the team well and I thought what Lin has done has been great, so I hope to meet him when I come to New York soon. “

Tennis Panorama News asked Federer if he thought if he sees the ATP World Tour Finals ever returning to Madison Square Garden.

Federer responded: “I would love for it to happen. I mean we have a great world tour final at the moment in London, Shanghai was extraordinary, and Houston also I enjoyed a lot. There’s many great places I think the world tour finals could go, but obviously sort of back to the roots as well, where McEnroe, Lendl, and Borg, and all these guys used to be playing at the Garden. I think it would just be amazing. I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I hope the tour will consider and New York will have interest in hosting it, because I think it’s an amazing event and the players and fans and media will love it, so we’ll see how it goes, but for now, London is a very hot place to play and they put on an amazing show the last few years as well, so we’ll see how it goes, but especially after playing Pete and now Andy, you could imagine that I would love to have the world tour finals in New York again, hopefully in the near future.”

On Monday, March 5th, 2012, the BNP Paribas Showdown returns for its fifth year at the World’s Most Famous Arena – Madison Square Garden.  The night starts with three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova against former World No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki followed by, Roger Federer, against long-time rival and former World No. 1 and US Open Champion Andy Roddick.  Both matches will be best of three sets.

The BNP Paribas Showdown is produced by MSG Sports and StarGames and is part of “Tennis Night in America.” For more information – www.thegarden.com, www.tennisshowdown.com.


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