Roger Federer caught up with retired basketball legend Michael Jordan in Shanghai. Federer and Jordan crossed paths in China’s largest city, and the Swiss tennis player shared a snap of his recent encounter with the former NBA player on Twitter.

It was surprising to find out that a big sportsman like Federer would still get fascinated by another sport celebrity. The 17-time grand slam champion said on Twitter that it was “crazy cool” to have met “His Airness.” The two posed on top of a helipad in Shanghai. According to, Federer and Jordan met up for an event organised by Nike. Clearly, Federer and Jordan have monumental presence in China.

Federer first caught up with Jordan in 2014, as the latter was one of the spectators during the Swiss’ first round match at the 2014 U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows. The former pro basketball player posed for a selfie with Federer, which the latter shared on Instagram.

Federer was in Shanghai to defend his title at the 2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters, but he was beaten by Spanish player Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(4) 2-6 6-3 in the second round. Jordan, meanwhile, visited the Asian Nation for the first time in 11 years to support his Charlotte Hornets in the NBA’s Global Games in Shenzhen and Shanghai on Oct. 11 and Oct. 14. In addition to the Hornets’ game, the 52-year-old was in town to promote the Jordan Brand, a subsidiary of Nike.

China is the second stop of the Jordan Brand’s Global Wings Program, which aims to motivate the youth all over the globe to achieve greatness. The community-action program was launched in partnership with Hong Kong-based youth centre Youth Outreach. After Shenzhen and Shanghai, further programs are anticipated to get underway in Greater China and North America.

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