Between Miami 2004 and Wimbledon 2019, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer met no less than 40 times, battling across the world for the most significant tennis titles and producing some of the most impressive encounters tennis has ever seen.
Alongside their regular battles on the Tour, two great rivals had the opportunity to embrace eight unofficial meetings ever since the first one in Seoul on November 2006, offering a chance for a crowd in Mallorca, Zurich, Madrid, Abu Dhabi, Oregon and New Delhi to enjoy in their magic far away from the serious official clashes.
After more than four years, the time has come for another intriguing encounter, with the "Roger Federer - Rafael Nadal Match In Africa" in Cape Town ready to rumble on February 7, 2020, in front of the crowd of some 50,000!
Pay-channel SuperSport announced on Friday it will broadcast what should be one of the sports events of the year, with the doubles match between Roger Federer and Bill Gates against Rafael Nadal and South African comedian Trevor Noah as perfect preparation for the battle of greatest players of all time.
"This is a dream come true," Federer said. "I will play in my mother's home country against my toughest rival and friend Rafa Nadal. We share not only the love for tennis but also for the good cause of giving children a better start in education and in life.
I feel privileged to have other leading philanthropists on board to entertain millions of people in the stadium and on TV. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for my family and me." "Roger and I have shared so many magical moments on and off the court.
Traveling with him to Cape Town and playing for the benefit of children is something I am very excited about. It will be my first time in the region with Roger as a tour guide - that will be fun," Nadal said.