Federer keeping tabs on Knicks’ Lin, hopes to meet

Roger Federer is a big basketball fan, so he’s keeping tabs on

Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and hopes they can meet.

On a conference call Thursday to promote a March 5 exhibition

against Andy Roddick at Madison Square Garden – home, of course, to

Lin’s Knicks – 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer said he’s

”heard a bit about” the latest NBA phenomenon.

Federer says it’s quite an ”incredible story, actually, and I

hope he can come to the exhibition.”

He calls the Harvard player’s surprising stardom an example of

”why, I think, we all follow sports – because of great stories

like this,” when ”all of a sudden, someone breaks through that

you didn’t know or didn’t expect.”