“I Feel Pressure To Play The Style Of Tennis People Expect” – Roger Federer

Published 04/28/2020, 10:12 AM EDT


At the start of 2020, we saw Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play an exhibition match in South Africa. This match recorded the highest number of attendees at a tennis match. Roger’s agent, Tony Godsick, has revealed how Roger was feeling before the match, in an interview with Tennis Channel. Check it out.

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How Was Roger Federer Feeling?

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The ‘Match In Africa‘ was a historic match which is why Tony Godsick was asked how Roger Federer was feeling. He said,

“Roger was excited, but he was really nervous. He knew he was the host and everything that came along with that. He knew how much South Africa had followed him over the years, he had never played there, he said to me, ‘I can’t do that all of the time. I feel pressure to play the style of tennis people expect.'”

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Roger Federer was playing in front of 50,000 people so I think we all can understand his nervousness. Tony Godsick went on to add,

“He wanted to play a great match. He also knew how much it meant to his family, especially his mom. We wanted to make sure everything was perfect that day because it truly was a once-in-a-career opportunity. I think he was genuinely overwhelmed by everything.”

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Roger Federer has played many such charity matches to raise money for educational projects in Africa. He started this initiative way back in 2010 when he played Rafael Nadal back then too. It is a project that is close to his heart as his mother is from Africa and I am sure it will continue for a long time.

Right now, Federer’s focus is on the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting everyone around the world. He has already donated money to support vulnerable families in Switzerland and he is probably doing more right now. Once the virus is contained, we can expect Roger to host another entertaining Match For Africa.

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Rishi Karthikeyan

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