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Tiger meets Roger before Open final

NEW YORK -- Roger Federer has a slammin' new friend: Tiger Woods.

The two champions met for the first time Sunday, and Woods sat in Federer's box later for the U.S. Open final against Andy Roddick.

On Wednesday, Federer said he followed Woods' career and someday hoped to meet him. The two champions are represented by the same agency, and visited before the match began. Woods sat between his wife and Federer's girlfriend.

Federer was trying for his third straight U.S. Open championship and his ninth Grand Slam title. At 25, the way he dominates tennis has often drawn comparisons to Woods, a 12-time golf major champion at 30.

"I can relate to what he's going through ... with the success I've had over the years now," Federer said last week. "I follow him a lot. I'm always happy when he wins."

"I hope that we're going to meet soon in the future some time," he said.

At the British Open this year, Wood said he was an avid tennis fan.

"I watch tennis all the time. I was a huge [Pete] Sampras fan and now, obviously, I'm a huge Federer fan," Woods said.

Thanks to Federer, Woods got to sit back and enjoy a U.S. Open in New York. In June, he missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in suburban Mamaroneck.