Sachin Tendulkar will bid adieu to cricket in Mumbai in a fortnight, playing his 200th Test match. In an exclusive chat with The Times of India, Federer said, “it is always sad when the curtains come down on a great career. I’m really happy for him that he can go out on his terms, at the time he has chosen, at a venue of his choice. That’s really great. I hope his farewell game is everything he wants it to be. He deserves it.”
“I wish him a great life after cricket,” Federer said, “Hope it is as exciting and memorable as his cricket.”
The 32-year-old, winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, said he watched Tendulkar bat on a number of occasions. “I’ve seen him play, not as much as I would’ve liked, but I’ve watched him on television several times,” he said.
Federer said he remembered his conversation with Tendulkar. “I’m glad I got to meet him, we had tea in the terrace at Wimbledon. I remember the meeting clearly,” Federer said. “I enjoy meeting great athletes. It is an experience for me. I like picking their brains, seeing how it works. I enjoyed my time with Sachin.”
On Thursday November 7, Federer will face Gasquet at 2pm (9am EST/6am PST) and Djokovic will face Del Potro at 8pm (3pm EST/12pm PST), local time in London.