Federer and Nadal meet to raise money for childrens education in Africa


That is exactly what we witnessed in Capt Town, South Africa on Saturday as Federer and Nadal attracted what organisers said was a world record crowd for a tennis match when they played an exhibition event. Total fees with exhibition of the meeting amounted to $ 3.5 million. South Africans have thanked Federer for bringing the match to their country, the country that his Afrikaans-speaking mother Lynette grew up in.

Federer served nine aces as he defeated Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-3 in their match, and earlier the pair teamed up with Bill Gates and Trevor Noah respectively for a thrilling doubles showdown. The Swiss was better in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Adding some local flavor to the event was the Ndlovu Youth Choir, which wowed the capacity crowd during the changeovers with their African-flavoured renditions of various global hits. "It's special on so many levels". Five years younger, the Spaniard could well beat Federer's 20 Grand Slams record.

Federer said: "What an unforgettable night: we raised 3.5 million United States dollars for the vulnerable children in the region, achieved a world record with more than 51,000 spectators at a tennis match and had so much fun". - Roger Federer on the importance of sport for children's development.

This time it was Djokovic who inflicted the damage - the 17-time grand-slam champion, rather than the 19-time Nadal or 20-time Roger Federer.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

The Match in Africa superstar tennis extravaganza at Cape Town Stadium was filled with highlights that had South Africans on their feet.

Talking about the friendship with the Spaniard, Federer revealed that the 19-time Grand Slam victor "cried" in happiness after seeing the Swiss tennis star lift the men's singles title at the French Open 2009. The two also played with celebrities Bill Gates and Trevor Noah in a doubles match which was won but Federer/Gates 6-3.

But by far the fan-favourite and most charming of hosts was Trevor Noah who, despite losing the match, made the high-profile guests feel instantly at home.

The day was graced by the presence of many South African athletes including Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi, former captains John Smit and Jean de Villiers and Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling.

"I think South Africa is always going to come up with some tennis players because they've got the history here". The time spent here as a kid was unbelievable. I have lived one thousand dreams in one night!

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