Roger Federer: 'I am really excited to play with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town'



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Roger Federer: 'I am really excited to play with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town'

Roger Federer will play an exhibition match with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 7 2020. The Swiss is connected in a big way to the continent: "Never really played there except for Morocco back in 2002, so that's also why I'm incredibly excited to go to Cape Town with Rafa.

So I'm really trying to make the most of it at the back end of my career, to go to places I've never been to and where I can also promote the game. And exhibitions were something that were completely normal back in the '60s, '70s.

Everybody were playing 20, 50, 100 XOs a year. They have gone away a little bit, but it allows us to go to places that doesn't see tennis that often. It's very exciting to see actually also new fans who maybe cannot travel and come see me.

We're like musicians. We go see them." Federer also spoke about the Chinese player Zhizhen, who is managed by Roger's coach Ivan Ljubicic. They hit together a few days ago. "The practice session was more of an easy hit than anything else.

I practiced with him once in the past in Monaco and another time. Yeah, looking at his level, it's just very important to keep on doing the right things, keep on practicing with the best guys, to get used to that level, you know.

And he seems like a very nice guy, easygoing. I joked with him at the end and he knew right away I was joking. I thought maybe I was able to fool him but not so. He was great. And Ivan also thinks he's got some good potential that he can go further, hopefully top 100, and I hope the same for him, too, yeah."