During his presence in Bogota, after thanking the fans for their affection, Rafael Nadal talked about Roger Federer. The former tennis player and former world number one had a tour in Colombia planned years ago, which however never occurred.
In 2019, the Swiss and Alexander Zverev were supposed to be the protagonists of an exhibition match in Bogota, but it didn't happen: due to the protests of the citizens against the government, a curfew had been introduced which did not allow the start of the match .
The Spanish tennis player, recalling this episode, launched a proposal to his former colleague and good friend: "I know that a few years ago a good friend like Roger couldn't play his game here due to a complicated situation.
He always told me how excited he was to play here and I can tell you that I hope to get back with him one day," said the 22-time Grand Slam champion. A return that however has yet to wait. Because Roger Federer himself explained, during the Uniqlo event in Tokyo, that his knee is not yet in the best condition to resume playing: "I would love to go play in places I've never been and thank the fans who they have supported throughout my career.
However, my knee is still not in perfect condition and I have to be patient." The South American tour continues for Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud. Starting from Argentina, the two tennis players are traveling to play various exhibitions in the lower part of the American continent: after the Argentine stage, complete with mixed doubles with Gabriela Sabatini and Gisela Dulko, and the stop in Chile, the two arrived in Colombia , more precisely in Bogota.
In the Colombian capital, another success came from the world number two, who instead claimed Ruud's first victory against him in Quito. With a clear advantage of the Spaniard over the Norwegian, the stage in Mexico City is still missing to decide the winner of this Latin American tour.