Shivani Shukla ∙ Sep 29 2022, 6:30 PM

Roger Federer responds to Virat Kohli's heartwarming message on Instagram

image-l8n9z54bVirat Kohli, Roger Federer & Anushka Sharma / PC: Twitter

The legendary tennis player Roger Federer, on Thursday (September 29) thanked the former captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli for his heartfelt message following his retirement from competitive tennis and said that he looks forward to visiting India soon. 

The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion Federer hung up his boots from professional tennis after his doubles match alongside the long-time rival Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup on Friday, September 23. 

Taking to his official Instagram handle, here's what Roger Federer wrote in reply to Virat Kohli's message: 

"Thanks, Virat Kohli. I hope to make it to India soon." 

In the video, the former Indian men's cricket team captain said that he was honored to pay tribute to the Tennis legend and lavished high praises on the Swiss icon, stating that he has never seen this much support and unity for any other athlete that Federer got from around the globe.

"Hello, Roger. It's a great honor for me to be able to send this video across to you, congratulating you on a phenomenal career that has given us so many beautiful moments and memories. I personally had the chance to meet you in the Australian Open in 2018, something that I'll never ever forget in my life."

"One thing that stood out for me, even watching you play, was the fact that so many people around the world, not just in the world of tennis, got behind you, supporting you, and that kind of unity I've never seen for any other individual athlete ever. That is something that cannot be created, that cannot be generated in any way."

The Indian batting maestro further stated that the legendary Tennis player will go down as the greatest of all time and wished him luck for all his future endeavors.

"You always had that special ability. It was very evident when we watched you play and the aura you brought on the court is unmatchable. And for me, you're always going to be the greatest of all time. I'm sure in the next phase of your life you're going to have as much fun and as much enjoyment as you did on the court. I wish you all the best and your family as well. Take care."

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