The opening round match between Roger Federer and Olivier Rochus at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel played out to form with Federer winning 6-3, 6-4.
What was more interesting to watch was the pre-match event which consisted of a full symphony orchestra and opera provided by famed Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé.
The event’s website explained the performance as a celebration of both “artists”, Caballé and Federer, as they both began their careers, albeit in different fields in Basel. She in a performance of La Boheme in 1956. Federer as a ballboy.
I’m not sure I would compare a great soprano to a great tennis player but to each his own.