Rafael Nadal enjoyed his time in Colombia and suggested he will do his best to one day return to the country for an exhibition against Roger Federer. On Tuesday, Nadal defeated Casper Ruud in the capital city of Colombia, Bogota.
Last week, Nadal kicked off his Tour around Latin America. "Well, it's been an exciting year with a lot of things happening to me throughout the year. Some of them are very, very good, others more complicated, but without a doubt at the end of the year having this tour of Latin America, passing through Colombia without a doubt, which is only the second time in my life that I have the opportunity to be here, well, it's incredible energy for next year.
Thank you very much! Well, finally I want to say that I was not here in Colombia, since 2011 it is an incredible country, but I have not been lucky enough to know it," Nadal said, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Nadal optimistic he will one day return for an exhibition versus Federer
"A good partner for a few years, perhaps the greatest rival of my sports career, Federer.
He didn't have the opportunity because of a very difficult situation to play in front of all of you. He always told me about the great disappointment and sadness that this caused him. And honestly, from here, I say that I am confident that in the future I can be here with him, playing a game in front of all of us," Nadal added.
Nadal and Federer had a very emotional moment in late September at the Laver Cup. After Federer announced his plans to retire at the Laver Cup, he expressed a desire to team up with Nadal in a doubles match for the final match of his career.
Expectedly, Nadal fulfilled Federer's desire and the Swiss' career came to an end by playing with the Spaniard in a doubles match. After their match was over, Nadal broke down in tears while Federer was holding his retirement speech.