Federer pays special tribute to his veteran rival Hewitt
Roger Federer has lavished Lleyton Hewitt with the ultimate send-off from the All England Club, saying the baseline warrior showed a generation of champions how to master the art of modern-day grasscourt tennis.
Hewitt will take on Jarkko Nieminen today in the first round of his 17th and final Wimbledon championships.
Bidding for a record eighth crown, Federer hailed Austra- lia’s former world No.1 as a grasscourt pioneer who deserved to be remembered for the “unbelievable” impact he has had during his 17-year professional career.
Federer made his Wimbledon debut with Hewitt in doubles when the pair were teenagers in 1999.
“I’ve always enjoyed watching him. … I wish that he can play a good match, a good tournament, that he can enjoy Wimbledon after for what it is, and I’m sure he will,” he said. AAP