Top 5 Roger Federer moments from the IPTL!
The inaugural edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) was undoubtedly a successful one. While there were several stars who made the tournament memorable, it was Roger Federer who got away with maximum cheers from the crowd.
Here are the top five moments where the Swiss brought the crowd on its feet.
Video message and star entry
On Day 1 of the tournament, the crowd had started filling the stadium around 4 o'clock in the evening. While they were all excited to see a flashing tennis court in front of their eyes, the first cheer came when they saw a video message from Roger Federer!
The 17-time Grand Slam champion arrived on the court to a rousing reception on Day 2. While local heroes Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna too were welcomed in an exciting manner, it was nothing compared to the Swiss' reception.
When Roger Federer shook a leg
The crowd at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium had been deprived of all the action from Federer on Day 1, where they had turned up in large numbers to watch him play.
Federer was also interacting much with the crowd when he made his first appearance on Day 2.
But during his singles match with Tomas Berdych, Federer walked towards his seat after winning a point, and while Gael Monfils started dancing to the loud music which was played whenever there was a break, Federer too joined him and shook a leg which brought the crowd on its feet!
When Aamir Khan forced Federer to save his back with tennis racquet
On the final day of the IPTL, the tournament witnessed its Bollywood moment. Superstars Deepika Padukone, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh were at the court to entertain the crowd. While Novak Djokovic was pairing with Indian ace Sania Mirza, Roger Federer chose Aamir Khan as his partner.
At one stage, Mr Perfectionist was struggling to serve the ball to the other side of the net. Every time he served, the ball hit the bottom of the nets. Federer, who kept motivating his partner, at one point was seen saving his back by the tennis racking considering Aamir's serves were finding the bottom of the net all the time! It was a hilarious moment and everybody, including Aamir, had a good laugh!
When Federer and Djokovic sat on the net
Aamir continued to struggle with his serve which became quite boring for the crowd as the match couldn't proceed. It was then that Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, decided to help the Bollywood superstar as both of them lowered down the net by sitting on it.
It was a special moment in the match and the entire stadium cheered the gesture from the two great players. Aamir didn't disappoint the two champions, as his next serve finally crossed the net!
When Federer gestured to the crowd to make some noise
While Federer didn't express too much during the tournament, something which was missed by the crowd, the Swiss legend did give them one moment to cheer.
While his match against Djokovic, Federer served an ace during a crucial moment of the game and put his hands on his ears gesturing the crowd to make some noise. Needless to say, it was the loudest the Delhi crowd got during the entire tournament.
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