Roger Federer: I was emotionally wasted after calling off Bogota exhibition match



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Roger Federer: I was emotionally wasted after calling off Bogota exhibition match

Swiss Roger Federer didn't feel well at all after canceling his exhibition clash in Bogota but he knew he had made the right decision. Federer, 38, was scheduled to take on German tennis star Alexander Zverev in an exhibition clash last month in the capital city of Colombia.

Unfortunately, the match never happened as the record 20-time Grand Slam champion called off the match due to security concerns. On the day of the match, the demonstrations and riots led to a curfew in Bogota and Federer felt that the safety of the crowd was more important than his match against Zverev.

"We went to warm up and were having a blast on the court, but then everything started to get a bit crazy,” Federer said, per The Guardian. “I was thinking is this the best scenario? People need to get home and be safe and this was when I knew we shouldn’t play, it was too much stress and pressure for everybody.

“I had a bit of a breakdown. It was not going to be the dream match it was supposed to have been and I could feel it all falling apart. When I came back [to the locker room] I was emotionally wasted."