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Fri Sep 19 17:52:22 SAST 2014

Federer v Roddick rivalry goes to Madison Square Garden

Sapa-AP | 08 September, 2011 08:41
Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Monaco of Argentina during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Juan Monaco of Argentina during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 5, 2011
Image by: RAY STUBBLEBINE / REUTERS

Roger Federer and Andy Roddick have met 22 times overall and in four Grand Slam finals, including a 16-14 fifth set at Wimbledon in  2009. Now they’re taking their rivalry to a new venue: Madison Square Garden.

Federer and Roddick will play a best-of-three-sets match as part  of the annual BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition March 5, which also will include Maria Sharapova against top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.

   Federer owns a record 16 Grand Slam titles, and he’s 20-2 against Roddick, including 4-0 in major finals.

   Federer faced Pete Sampras in an exhibition at MSG in 2008; Roddick never has played at the arena used for New York Knicks and New York Rangers games.

   Tickets go on sale Oct. 3.

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