01.40 am: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Roger Federer’s final competitive tennis match. It’s late in the night in India but, as Federer said, we are here to have some fun.
After more than 1500 matches over 24 years, Roger Federer will retire… for the first time in his career. The man who has never quit from a competitive match in his entire professional life, calls time on his incredible journey tonight. The last (careful about the knee) dance… with the most apt partner there could be. Rafael Nadal said on Thursday that one of the most important players in his career is leaving the sport, and the Spaniard who stood across the net for many a great battle with his great rival, will be standing next to his friend tonight. It’s a Fedal farewell for Federer’s career in London.