Fans in New Delhi were treated to a star-studded evening of tennis yesterday highlighted by a much-anticipated showdown between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. But the two legends played to a 6-6 tie as time ran out on the match Novak’s UAE Royals a 29-22 win over the Indian Aces.
“First of all, it was great to be in here in India for the first time. It was a unique and valuable experience. The people,” Djokovic said. “The kindness, the hospitality strikes me right away. I hope the league continues and I really look forward to come back next year. I think the format is fun and fast. We both played tennis at a great level and I am really happy with our performance and the team.”
Added Federer: “The match with Novak was great, I think we both played a good game at a great level. I think he struggled initially but managed to pull up in the end. I was also very happy with my level of performance. I think what makes the difference is the team support on court, the excitement in the crowd and the fans. This couldn’t have worked out better for me.
“I think my fans are the ones who support me the most and matter the most. They know how much I appreciate the
caps, the posters, the t-shirts and that’s the main reason why I came to India, to see my fans and i hope they have enjoyed the game.
“Playing Novak here in India is special. It was a thrilling match and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m very happy that I have been able to participate in this new format of tennis this year. It is exciting.”
After three days in India, the IPTL now heads to Dubai.
A special exo:
The full match:
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