New Delhi: 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer on Sunday hailed the concept of International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), calling it a “very interesting concept.”
“It’s definitely early days for the IPTL. It definitely has a place in our sport. To have more interaction, more fun. It’s a very interesting concept,” Federer said.
When asked whether playing in the IPTL could lead to injuries, Federer was more straight forward in saying that one could get injured anywhere, even while getting out from a car. He added that the guys who seriously want to play the tournament are here as it’s their own decision.
Federer played three matches on Day 2 of the tournament and every winning point was cheered by the crowd.
He played two matches – mixed doubles and men’s doubles with Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna respectively, but the highlight of his performance was the singles match with Tomas Berdych.
For all those who thought IPTL wasn’t serious tennis, the Swiss legend displayed his sheer class with gruelling competitive tennis.
Unlike other players, Federer was seen dominating from the nets, something he has done in several Grand Slams outings. Even though Berdych too tried dictating terms from the nets, the crowd was behind Federer, who emerged victorious 6-4.