It's an 'honour and privilege' to play in India: Roger Federer

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Roger Federer is 'incredibly excited' to play in India
Shanghai, Oct 16: Tennis superstar Roger Federer is "incredibly excited" to play in India in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in December.

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"I'm so incredibly excited to be going to India," Federer was quoted as saying in "The Times of India" after winning the Shanghai Masters.

Federer will play for the Indian Aces in Mahesh Bhupathi's IPTL. Federer will play in New Delhi from December 6 to 8 in the inaugural edition of the league.

IPTL is a four-city based league (Manila, New Delhi, Dubai and Singapore). Some of the big names will be in action. The league begins in Manila (Philippines) on November 28.

"For me going to India is like going to South America, like I felt in my initial years," Federer, the world record holder with 17 Grand Slam titles, said.

"It feels unreal because you've wanted it to happen for so long, and then finally it's happening." he added.

The Swiss player praised India and said it would be impossible for him to experience all of the country in on trip this year.

"I understand that the north of India is very different from the south, culturally, languages, the food you eat and the clothes you wear.

"It would be impossible to experience all of India at one go. Whenever I speak to Indians anywhere in the world I notice that they speak of their country with a great sense of pride, which is very nice, very sweet. You all have a great history," he said.

Ahead of his trip, Federer, through Twitter, had asked Indian fans to photoshop his images at various places where he should visit. He was flooded with responses and some of the photoshopped images were hilarious.

"I would love one day to travel across your great country and experience all there is to experience. My last trip to Chennai and then Pondicherry for relief work was incredible. My wife Mirka was also with me that time. I have great memories of India," he recalled.

Federer said he it was an "honour and privilege" to play in India.

"I can't wait to walk out on to the court, to see the fans, feel the energy. It's an honour and a privilege," he said.

"Playing in India is something I've always dreamt of. But again my India trip will be so much more than just tennis. That's India really. It's got to be more than just tennis," he added.

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