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Lismore tennis ace has a ball with his idol Roger Federer

Lismore tennis player Brendan Moore with Roger Federer, after a training session with the Swiss maestro in Brisbane.
Lismore tennis player Brendan Moore with Roger Federer, after a training session with the Swiss maestro in Brisbane.

IT was a dream come true for Brendan Moore when he got to rub shoulders with tennis legend Roger Federer at the Brisbane International.

The Lismore product was competing in the Queensland Money Race tournament and ended up training with Federer for three days.

"His coach asked if I would hit the ball with him in a practice session," Moore said.

"It was nerve racking when he came out to the court but we hit it off straight away and he was all class.

"It's crazy because he is probably the greatest player the game has seen.

"Roger seemed really happy with how it went and I ended up spending the next two days with him.

"He's always been my idol and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"We had dinner and he met my family so it is something I'll never forget."

Moore also trained with tournament winner Milos Raonic and Japanese professional Kei Nishikori.

However, it was his time with Federer he will remember most as he plans to stay in contact with the Swiss maestro.

There is a chance he might head to the Australian Open next week to spend more time in the Federer camp.

"I've got his contact details and definitely plan to stay in touch," Moore said.

"I'd been asked to have a practice hit at some of these tournaments before but I've usually been overseas playing.

"You warm them up and can spend an hour with the players on the court.

"This could open up some doors for me and I could be going to Melbourne next week."

It has been a whirlwind week for Moore who did not drop a set when he won the Ballina New Year Open for a record third time.

He also won the Queensland Money Race final as No 2 seed when he beat top seed Calum Puttergill 6-2 6-2 in the final at the Queensland Tennis Centre.