SEATTLE -- Roger Federer and John Isner gave fans a delicious treat in the Match for Africa 4: Seattle on Saturday evening. In a sold-out exhibition event to raise funds for Roger Federer Foundation, the 18-time Grand Slam winner took out John Isner 6-4, 7-6(7).
Isner kicked off the match with his signature shot: an ace. Facing a break point in his opening game, he hit another ace to get himself out of trouble. At 30-40 in the fifth game, he double faulted, giving Federer a break. In the seventh game, the Swiss hit a tweener, which led to a winner, and subsequently a second break for Federer to go up 5-2.
Isner broke right break and consolidated the break but still trailed 4-5. Federer served for the match again, this time taking it 6-4.
"Incredible special," said Isner in the on-court interview after taking a selfie with Federer. "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.
Roger Federer, who sat out half of the season last year to rehab his knee injury, is having a great start of 2017. He's won three of the four tournaments he entered, including Australian Open, Indian Wells, and Miami Open (his third 'Sunshine Double').
"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," said Federer.
This was the fourth installment of charity tennis exhibitions for the Roger Federer Foundation. The other three installments, which featured Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, and Andy Murray (respectively), where played in Switzerland.
"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," said Federer. "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."
In the doubles match that was played before the featured match, Federer and Microsoft founder Bill Gates defeated Isner and Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready in a one-set match.
The Roger Federer Foundation has generated millions of dollars for children's charities in Switzerland, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.
Today's event raised over $2 million dollars.
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