The eight-time All-England champion made the decision to call it quits after this month's Laver Cup, and Henman thinks Federer will be "enormously missed" as a player and a representative for the sport. He described him:
"On the court, you know, as a competitor, I think he's irreplaceable. The most incredible career, and one of the most influential people in our sport."
Then he turned to his legacy at Wimbledon saying:
"I think his legacy at the All-England club is absolutely incredible. That legacy began with a Junior Wimbledon title in 1998, and continued with his famous victory over the then-29-year-old Pete Sampras in the fourth round of the 2001 edition of the tournament. He won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, and was in a league of his own on grass for many years."
And finished off with:
"When the news was made public, it does take you by surprise. All these things do come to an end. My feeling about Roger not playing again or not being able to see him live again, in proper competitive matches, is very sad."