Pete Sampras watching my match gives me goosebumps, says Roger Federer

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Pete Sampras watching my match gives me goosebumps, says Roger Federer

In an interview to The Tennis Channel Roger Federer was asked what makes him still have goosebumps at 37 years of age and after winning 100 career-titles. "Saving break points, winning a game, winning tournaments and I think playing in front of a big crowd and hearing a row and then playing in front of the likes of Pete Sampras, so I think that sums it up right there", said Federer referring to the 14-time Grand Slam winner attending his match against Peter Gojowczyk in Indian Wells on Sunday.

Speaking furthermore about Sampras, Federer added: "I did not know that he was there during the game. I am not sure if it was good or bad because for sure I get excited when my hero when I was young sits there from the centre but I remember he was at Novak's game last night and that he was gonna be there for the weekend and gotta come to the tennis but this morning I did not think of it and then when the speaker told me that Pete was there I was very happy, very excited because we still stay in touch and I just love seeing Pete at the tennis sometimes because he is an absolute legend."

Stan Wawrinka defeated Marton Fucsovics in a thriller, prevailing 6-4 4-6 7-5, to reach the third round and book a fascinating all Swiss clash against Roger Federer. Following the win, as quoted by Tages Anzeiger, the 33-year-old said: "It was a crazy match.

These games exactly help me to get big wins again. It will be a good test to face Federer to see where I am. But it will be a hard battle because he is the best player in our sport."