WATCH: Federer wishes Boks well ahead of Japan encounter

File: Those who buy tickets have a chance to win a host of memorabilia from the tournament donated by the players -- a total of 44 prizes (32 + 12).

File: Those who buy tickets have a chance to win a host of memorabilia from the tournament donated by the players -- a total of 44 prizes (32 + 12).

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JOHANNESBURG - A pleasant surprise for the Springboks ahead of their crucial quarter-final clash against Japan on Sunday.

Messages of support have been coming in, and the latest is from none other than the tennis great, Roger Federer.

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The 20-time grand slam tennis champion's mother is South African and he reportedly practiced scrums with his dad when was younger. 

“Let’s go Springboks! I know you guys can do it and I’m supporting you guys. I’m not your number one fan because I don’t know all the rules, but I will be supporting you,” Federer told CNN.

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