|Roger Federer and his wife meet the pope|
'It was a very emotional day,' said Federer, who battled for one hour, 50 minutes as a home crowd fired up his unheralded opponent.
'It was very nice and a big honour to meet the pope,' said the Swiss. 'They told him who I was and we shook hands and exchanged a few words in German.'
Federer admitted that he couldn't deduce how much the new pontiff actually followed the sport, but in the heat of the moment, it didn't seem to matter.
'It was special of course, I am Catholic. This was just the perfect day.'
After this morning audience, Federer went on to win the match that had brought him to Italy. Swiss mojo, it's a beautiful thing!
Roger to Benedict XVI to John Paul II!
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William Tell was also Swiss!