Delhi delight: Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal on December 12
The New Delhi leg of the Mahesh Bhupathi-promoted extravaganza will take place from December 10-12 with 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal set to lead defending champions Indian Aces in his debut season.
The second edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) will provide Indians with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of savouring the grand rivalry betweenRoger Federerand Rafael Nadal.
The New Delhi leg of the Mahesh Bhupathi-promoted extravaganza will take place from December 10-12 with 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal set to lead defending champions Indian Aces in his debut season. His face-off with record 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer, of the UAE Royals, will take place on December 12.
"Everyone is talking about IPTL on the Tour this year and I know all the players are going to practise harder. This year, the event will be bigger with Nadal playing for Aces. Indian sports lovers have a lot to look forward to in Delhi," Bhupathi said on Saturday.
Tennis fans in the Capital had the opportunity to witness another classic clash between Federer and World No.1 Novak Djokovic in 2014.
Nadal will have hard-hitting Frenchman Gael Monfils, fiery Polish star Agnieszka Radwanska (part of the Champions Tennis League last year like Leander Paes), on-court magician Fabrice Sontoro, 2015 French Open doubles champion Ivan Dodig and two of India's highly successful doubles stars, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.
Bhupathi, however, said that he won't be able to play for the next few months due to his engagement in hosting IPTL. "For the next four to five months, my complete focus will be on IPTL."
When asked if he will be competing next year at the professional circuit, Bhupathi quipped: "Your guess is as good as mine."
23-10 Though their rivalry is considered one of the greatest in tennis history, Rafael Nadal has a massive 23-10 lead over Roger Federer in their overall head-to-head record