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Tennis star Roger Federer a fan of Peter Forsberg, hockey

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BY SABINA LAM

The world’s top golfer may not be a hockey fan, but the sport does have a burgeoning supporter in the world’s No. 1 tennis player, Roger Federer.

When asked who his favorite athletes to watch were, Federer named Peter Forsberg among his top guys.

“Michael Jordan, Lennox Lewis, Marcelo Rios…Peter Forsberg,” said Federer at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto. “(I like) more and more hockey.”

Although his favorite athletes are from many different sports, Federer did express disinterest in American football.

“American football isn’t interesting to me,” he said. “Too many breaks in the action. Plus, I don’t understand the rules too well.”

Federer’s comments come nearly two months after Tiger Woods responded to a question about who he believed would win the Stanley Cup by saying, "I don't really care. Let's talk about the Dodgers.

"I don't think anybody really watches hockey any more."

The Swiss tennis star, who has been on top of the ATP rankings for 234 straight weeks, is appearing in the Rogers Cup for the sixth time. He’s also competing for the first time since his Wimbledon and French Open final defeats by rival Rafael Nadal, who is also participating in Toronto.

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