The South American tour continues for Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud. From Argentina, the two tennis players are traveling to play various exhibitions in the lower part of the American continent. After the Argentine stop, with mixed doubles with Gabriela Sabatini and Gisela Dulko, and the stop in Chile, the two arrived in Colombia, more precisely in Bogotá.
The Colombian capital saw another success for the world number two, claiming Ruud’s first win against him in Quito. With a clear advantage of the Spanish over the Norwegian, the stage of Mexico City is yet to be declared the winner of this Latin American tour.
After thanking the fans for their love in Bogotá, Nadal spoke about Roger Federer. The former tennis player and former world number one had planned a tour of Colombia years ago, but it never took place. In 2019, the Swiss and Alexander Zverev were supposed to be the protagonists of an exhibition match in Bogotá, but it was not to be: due to citizen protests against the government, a curfew had been established that did not allow the start of the match.
The Spanish tennis player, remembering this episode, made a proposal to his former colleague and “good friend” “I know that a few years ago a good friend like Roger could not play his match here due to a complicated situation.
He always told me how excited he was to play here and I can say that I hope to return to him one day,” said the 22-time Slam champion. A return, however, that still has to wait. Because Roger Federer himself explained during the Uniqlo event in Tokyo that his knee is not yet in the best condition to play again: “I would love to play in places I have never been and thank the fans who have helped me.”
King Roger wants to play exhibitions
Roger Federer is a highly respected figure in the tennis world and many players look up to him in admiration, with Stefanos Tsitsipas being one of them. “Roger’s best years, you know, he was kind of unstoppable.
It seemed so going forwards,” Tsitsipas said. “He said, I remember, many years ago that ‘if you don’t improve and if you don’t change something in a positive way, the opponents are gonna kind of find out what you are doing and what you’ve been doing is not anymore as efficient as it was before.
So, you always got to think forward, you always gotta be progressive in your mindset.’ And that’s what he has been doing so well for so many years,” he said.