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Roger Federer Meets Taylor Swift Backstage at the Eras Tour in Zürich: ‘In My Swiftie Era’

Taylor Swift may be partial to football at the moment, but she’s still making time to meet with the greats of other sports too. Following her first of two Eras Tour shows in Zürich Tuesday (July 9), the pop star spoke with Roger Federer backstage, after which the tennis champion posted a selfie of their encounter and declared his love for the musician.

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In the snap — which appears to have been taken by Swift herself — Federer wears a VIP badge around his neck while beaming at the camera. The “Anti-Hero” singer also smiles into the lens, still sporting the final Midnights leotard she wears at the very end of her show.

“In my Swiftie era 🦋🫶💜🧣🌃🐍💘🪩🌲🕰️🤍,” the former Olympian captioned the post.

Based on his use of emojis, Federer isn’t kidding around when he labels himself a “Swiftie.” Each one appears to specifically represent one of the 14-time Grammy winner’s 11 albums — a blue butterfly for her self-titled debut, a hand-heart for Fearless, a purple heart for Speak Now, a scarf for Red, a cityscape for 1989, a snake for Reputation, a pierced heart for Lover, a mirrorball for Folklore, a tree for Evermore, a clock for Midnights and white heart for The Tortured Poets Department.

Hours after Federer posted their selfie, Swift finished up her two-night stay at Switzerland’s Letzigrund Stadium with a final performance Wednesday (July 10). She’s headed next for Milan, where she’ll play two shows at San Siro.

And though everything turned out for the best in the end, Travis Kelce might find his superstar girlfriend’s meeting with Federer a little ironic. Back before the Kansas City Chiefs tight end started dating Swift, he too was a pro athlete hoping to be introduced to her backstage at an Eras Tour show — but in his case, the “Karma” artist declined.

“I was disappointed that she doesn’t talk before or after her shows because she has to save her voice for the 44 songs that she sings,” Kelce complained on an episode of his New Heights podcast last year, a couple months before he and Swift ended up dating. “I was a little butt-hurt I didn’t get to hand her one of the bracelets I made for her … She doesn’t meet anybody, or at least she didn’t want to meet me, so I took it personal.”

See Federer’s selfie with Swift below.

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