Roger Federer about not playing until late May: 'In Dubai I realized that I needed to take a break'

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Roger Federer about not playing until late May: 'In Dubai I realized that I needed to take a break'

Roger Federer almost didn't have the time to thank Andy Murray for accepting to play "Match for Africa 3" in Zurich, because he will have to think about his next exhibition match with John Isner and the Microsoft founder Bill Gates on 29 April in Seattle, Washington, for the fourth edition of the event created in December 2010 when the Swiss tennis player beat Rafael Nadal in Zurich before that the Spaniard player took the revenge the day after in Madrid.

For the future, the chance to play another Match for Africa is in South Africa, where there is one of the two centers of Roger Federer Foundation (the other one is in Zurich). 'I would like to play in South Africa,' admitted the Swiss player, who in his long career played in Africa only once, in Morocco in 2002 for a Davis Cup tie.

'So far it hasn't been possible, but it would be a dream for me to do it. Now I have more time to play charity matches because I don't play as much as I did in the past. So there are more chances to play other Matches for Africa.' Speaking about the exhibition in Seattle, Federer wanted to thank Bill Gates for his accepting it.

'I had asked him it a few years ago, and now I was very surprised by his availablity. He loves tennis much.' The idea to play in Seattle at the end of April was in Roger's mind in February after Australian Open and during Dubai event, where he lost his only match this season against Evgeny Donskoy.

'In Dubai I realized that I needed a break. After Indian Wells and Miami, I understood that playing in the clay season would have been too much.' Anyway it will be a busy month for Roger, who will attend the Met Gala in New York on 1st May with Anna Wintour. 'Having decided to skip the first part of clay season, I thought that I would be to attend the Gala and spend the weekend in America.' Meanwhile, in the next two weeks he will practice on hard-courts and will spend some relaxing time with his family in Switzerland.

Then after the brief "tour" in the United States, in the middle of May he will start practicing on clay. If everything will go well and if he won't have any physical issue switching surface, he will play Roland Garros.

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