Fed­erer pays spe­cial trib­ute to his vet­eran ri­val He­witt

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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

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