Tim Henman describes the great Roger Federer

Henman reflects on Federer's sendoff from tennis.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tim Henman describes the great Roger Federer

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman described Roger Federer as "a brilliant and graceful" individual who will always be remembered for the impact he had on the game of tennis. Henman, who now works as a tennis expert for Eurosport, was asked to describe Federer in three words.

"Brilliant - his game because it is the highest accolade. Graceful - his game and how he has behaved because he made it all look so easy. Legacy - because he has always understood his responsibility around what he is and what he means to his friends, family, the sport and his fans around the world," Henman told Eurosport.

Henman on Federer's final night

On Friday, Federer's astonishing career came to an end. For his final match, Federer teamed up with Rafael Nadal for a doubles match at the Laver Cup. The O2 Arena in London was sold out for Federer's final match and it was a very emotional and memorable night.

After concluding the final match of his career, Federer was visibly emotional and several times broke down in tears. "I think what we witnessed with the retirement of Roger was so emotional for so many different reasons," Henman said.

"First and foremost, one of the greatest, most influential and most loved players in our sport was retiring. We have seen him over the years, whether he has been winning - which has happened most of the time - or on occasions when he has lost, he has shown that emotion.

It was just flowing out of him, but to see the response from his fellow competitors, his rivals, but also his team-mates in this environment - to see the emotion on their faces, and perhaps his greatest rival Rafa in tears on the side of the court, it was incredible to watch.

The reception he received from the crowd - it could not have been any warmer; it could not have been filled with more joy. But also sadness."

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