It was all packed for the Match for Africa 4 with Roger Federer as main protagonist. In the 17,000 people KeyArena stadium in Seattle, Washigton, the Swiss player defeated John Isner 6-4 7-6(7) and then in a one-set doubles match alongside the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates he beat Isner and the guitarist Mike McCready.
The event raised more than 2 million dollars, all benefiting the Roger Federer foundation. 'I feel very privileged to be back on a tennis court', said Federer. 'Last year was extremely difficult, having had surgery and the knee never healing.
Then I had back pain too, and it all got too much at Wimbledon and I was out for six months but was able to spend some incredible time with the family and start preparing for this season and hoping that the work that I put in the off season was gonna really pay off.
I was gonna get a second chance to really play tennis again on the professional tour, and so when I did come back in Australia was really exciting for me.' In early April Federer had played against Andy Murray on April 10 in Zurich and the event earned 1.3 million euros.
'All of a sudden you get in this position where you feel like you really lucky to be playing on the pro tour and maybe you can actually do more and give back', added the Swiss player. 'And i thankfully have some great people in sports or in the world like for instance the likes of Bill Gates and Andrea Agassi who have done so well in philanthropy.' "Incredible special', said Isner. 'I can't thank you enough Roger for inviting me out here.
I had so much fun. This was an absolute blast. The crowd was amazing, everyone. I felt if I would help in just a small way to raise the money for Roger's foundation, for his charity. It's been a huge honor for me. Again, I can't thank you enough Roger.
I appreciate it," said Isner in a humble manner.'