New Delhi: Former England tennis star Tim Henman considers Roger Federer the greatest ever player in the history of the game, and said any talk of the his retirement is unnecessary.
The 39-year-old former world No. 4, who is currently in the capital to hold tennis clinics as part of a project called Road to Wimbledon, said he was simply fascinated by Federer’s success.
“The question is when is the right time to retire,” said Henman. “I don’t know that, you also don’t know that. The most important thing is that Federer loves what he is doing. As a tennis fan, it frustrates me when people keep talking about Federer’s retirement.
“He is going to stop one day. He is the best player that has ever lived and we should enjoy watching him play,” he said. Instead of talking about his retirement, we should encourage him to play,” he added.
Henman said he was all the more impressed by Federer, as the former world No. 1 was the part of the best era in tennis.
“In my opinion, this is the toughest era. (Andy) Murray is closing the gap. Federer, (Rafael) Nadal and (Novak) Djokovic have 36 majors between them.
“I don’t think there has been an era like that. I stopped seven years ago… their athleticism and the length of the game is incredible,” said Henman, who retired in 2007.
Henman was all praise for compatriot Andy Murray, the first British player to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title since 1936.