Federer dances courtside, continues dominant form in IPTL debut
Roger Federer made his debut at the International Premier Tennis League on Sunday and to no one's surprise, he dominated. Playing for the Indian Aces, Federer teamed up with Rohan Bopanna to win the men's doubles 6-1 over the Singapore Slammers' Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios. He also won mixed doubles with Sania Mirza 6-0 over Daniela Hantuchova and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And he followed all that up with a 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych. The Aces won 26-16 (that's a blowout in IPTL scoring) and so, Federer decided to dance:
It's even better in Vine form:
This isn't the first time Federer has shown off some geeky dance moves on the court. He seems to bust a move whenever he's playing an exhibition:
Federer dances Gangnam Style with a large pink bunny dressed as Santa Claus:
Federer "moonwalks" (or something) in Brazil:
And just because, here he is laughing at a dancing fan at the U.S. Open:
Federer was a late addition to the IPTL. Earlier in the season he opted to skip the event, adopting a "wait and see" attitude towards the new league. But he stepped in after Rafael Nadal withdrew in the fall. It's rare for a tennis player to visit a new city and Federer appeared to enjoy his time in New Delhi.
“It's early days, but the IPTL definitely has a regular place for our sport. To have more interaction, more fun, different rules, you bend it, customize so it works for everybody involved. It’s a very interesting concept," he said. "I like the idea that it’s in this part of the world where you don’t see that many tournaments after all...It’s also a fun team aspect, because the tour can get lonely for some us sometimes."
Speaking of the team aspect, how much longer until we see a dream doubles pairing of Federer and his idol Pete Sampras? Sampras made his IPTL debut for the Aces on Saturday as well in a loss to Patrick Rafter in the Legends event.
I mean, they're already carpooling together anyway: