Babar Azam's "Happy retirement" post for Federer backfires as old video of batter failing to recognise Tennis great resurfaces

Babar had to tell Federer’s name by just looking at his photo in tennis gear but had a hard time identifying who the tennis star was.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 24 September 2022 10:17 PM

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Tennis great Roger Federer played his last Tennis match at Laver Cup in London. The Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal pair lost, 4-6 7-5(2) [11-9] to the Team World represented by Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in this doubles match.

The Swiss Legend got extremely emotional as he gave his farewell speech after the match, leaving him and his long-time professional rival and close-friend Rafael Nadal sobbing in tears.

Notably, the 41-year-old is regarded as the Greatest of All Time to play the sport and has won numerous titles over his two decades long career. As Federer drew curtains to his illustrious career, tributes started pouring in from all over the world celebrating Roger's glorious Tennis career.

While Pakistan captain Babar Azam joined the bandwagon and posted a tribute to Roger Federer, his old video started doing the rounds on social media where prolific batter appeared to struggle to identify the Tennis great.

According to several reports, the viral video came as a promotional clip in March 2021, in which Babar had to tell Federer’s name by just looking at his photo in tennis gear. In the video, Babar can be seen having a tough time identifying the legend and could not recall the exact name and had to be eventually reminded by the hosts. 

In his tribute to Roger Federer, Pakistan skipper wrote, "Greatness personified. One of a kind. Iconic. Happy retirement, you absolute legend @rogerfederer!"

Speaking of the cricketer, the top-order batter became the second fastest batter to score 8,000 runs on Thursday, September 22. He reached the milestone in 227 innings, 10 behind the fastest Chris Gayle and 30 better than Virat Kohli.

Babar scored an unbeaten 110 off 66 deliveries and stitched a match-winning partnership with Mohammad Rizwan to propel Pakistan to a 10-wicket win over England in the seven-match T20I series.

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