Sania Mirza had the honor of playing a mixed doubles match with Roger Federer during an IPTL stage in Delhi in 2014. During a recent live session with the captain of the Indian football team Sunil Chhetri, the six-time champion Double Slam told his feelings alongside the Swiss phenomenon.
“I have had the privilege of playing with Roger Federer. He is a freak, a genius. I had the best seat in the house that day,” said Sania during her conversation with Chhetri. Mirza was named one of the "50 Heroes of Asia" by Time in October 2005.
In March 2010, The Economic Times named Mirza in the list of the "33 women who made India proud". She was appointed as the UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia during the event held to mark the International Day To End Violence Against Women on 25 November 2013.
She was named in Time magazine's 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. "He also surprised me many months later with a message. He was concerned when Mumbai was tragically struck by terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008,” one extract from her book reads.
“I think this is what makes Roger very, very special. Apart from being a legend, a genius and, the greatest ever exponent of his craft. He remains warm, caring, accessible, untouched by fame, and a thorough gentleman,” she added.
The former World number 1 has only played the Australian Open this year, before operating on his right knee to resolve an injury that has been plaguing him for some time. Federer expressed on social media all his disappointment at the cancellation of Wimbledon and the postponement of the Olympics.