IPTL: Federer, Djokovic light up first day of Indian leg | Khelnama

IPTL: Federer, Djokovic light up first day of Indian leg

IPTL: Federer, Djokovic light up first day of Indian leg

by Khelnama News Desk | Tennis | 08th Dec 2014

World No 1 Novak Djokovic and legendary Roger Federer delighted fans on their India debut as home team Indian Aces scored their second straight win of the IPTL at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, in New Delhi on Sunday.

Novak DjokovicUAE Royals player Novak Djokovic during the men's doubles match against Manila Mavericks, at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) at IGI stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. 

Djokovic made an unexpected appearance in the night match but his UAE Royals lost to Manila Mavericks 24-27.

Micromax India Aces playersMicromax India Aces players celebrate the victory against Singapore Salmmers at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) at IGI stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. 

However, lack of match practice cost him and lost 2-6 to Rafter, putting the home team on the back foot.

Micromax India Aces playersJubilant scenes at IGI stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)The 15000 capacity was only half full despite the presence of a star studded line-up on the court.

Soon came the moment the whole of India was waiting for, Federer playing for the first time in the country and it was a mixed doubles match alongside Sania Mirza. The duo hardly broke a sweat, dispatching Nick Kyrgios and Daniela Hantuchova 6-0 to get Aces back to level terms.

Roger FedererMicromax India Aces, Roger Federer during his singles match against Singapore Salmmers at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) at IGI stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. 

Asked about playing mixed doubles for a change, he said: "It is something I don't get to do often but it was fun. I think I have only played with Martina (Navratilova), Hingis (Martina), my wife (Mirka) and now Sania."

Sania Mirza and Roger FedererMicromax India Aces, Sania Mirza and Roger Federer during their mix doubles match against Singapore Salmmers at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) at IGI stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)His every move drew a loud roar from the crowd. He was back on the court to play men's doubles with Rohan Boppanna.

He alongside the Indian doubles specialist easily brushed aside the challenge of Lleyton Hewitt and Kyrgios 6-1.

The men's singles was expected to be the most intense match of the day with second ranked Federer and world No 7 Tomas Berdych taking on each other.

Roger FedererMicromax India Aces, Roger Federer celebratea point during the mix doubles match against Singapore Salmmers at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) at IGI stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. 

"It's my first time in India playing tennis, so it's a big deal for me. I thought it's a great innovation, people seem happy to see me, I was excited when I saw the lights flashing while introducing me, it was a goose-bump atmosphere. It was definitely a very cool moment for me in my career."