Cricketers Steven Smith, Dale Steyn Left In Awe Of Roger Federer

Updated: 27 January 2017 20:53 IST

Roger Federer, who is playing his first official tournament since Wimbledon last summer, beat compatriot Stan Wawrinka in a five-set epic in the Australian Open semifinal, and Federer's heroics have not gone unnoticed

Cricketers Steven Smith, Dale Steyn Left In Awe Of Roger Federer
Roger Federer last reached the final of a Grand Slam at the 2015 US Open. © AFP

Roger Federer did something that even his most optimistic fans would have been sceptical about. Before the start of the Australian Open, few would have thought that the 35-year-old Swiss maestro will reach the final of the tournament in Melbourne and be one step away from his 18th Grand Slam title. Federer's age-defying triumphs to reach the final may have coincided with the early ouster of World No.1 and No.2 -- Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic -- but his impressive run has quickly put him back into limelight.
 
Cricketers Steven Smith and Dale Steyn took to social networking website Twitter to show their admiration for the Swiss tennis star.
 
While the Australian cricket team captain said that it was great to see Federer in another Grand Slam final, South African speedster Steyn dubbed the Swiss maestro a machine.
 

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Topics : Roger Federer Stanislas Wawrinka Novak Djokovic Andy Murray Steven Smith Dale Steyn Cricket Tennis
Highlights
  • Steve Smith, Dale Stey all praise for Roger Federer
  • Roger Federer reached the final of the Australian Open
  • Roger Federer beat compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the semifinal
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