Roger Federer says recalled clashing Rafael Nadal in Cape Town and said the Match for Africa is one of his "fondest memories." Two years ago, former world No. 1 Federer took on his big rival Nadal in front of nearly 52,000 people.
Federer and Nadal put up a show as the Swiss defeated the Spaniard 6-4 3-6 6-3. "One of my fondest memories - 2 years ago today, South Africa," Federer wrote on Instagram, accompanied by a love emoji and the South African flag.
On this day 2 years ago - the Match in Africa between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was held in Cape Town with the largest attendance at a tennis match (51,954 fans). pic.twitter.com/DuWMcL4GQT — Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) February 7, 2022
Federer couldn't hide his happiness after the match
“It was such a privilege to be here tonight.
Of course we want to try to play the best tennis we can, that’s what we’re world-famous for. It was an absolute pleasure to share the court with Rafa again, but the first time here in beautiful Cape Town in South Africa means so much more.
It really is very, very special on so many levels,” Federer said on court after the match, “This is so much more than just tennis. I really hope we can do it again. I hope Rafa can do it again one day, come back to this beautiful country.
I’m so proud to have roots down here and thank you very much for coming everybody. It really is so, so special”. Nadal lost to Federer in Cape Town but he absolutely enjoyed the atmosphere. “We tried our best as always.
The energy has been just fantastic. I think we can’t describe our feelings. It’s a lifetime experience playing here in front of such an amazing crowd, such an amazing stadium. It’s not my first time playing here in South Africa, I played when I was a kid.
But it’s my first time as a professional player,” Nadal said. “I just can say well-done to Roger and all his family, all his team, because the organisation of this event has been just fantastic. It has been a big pleasure for me to be part of it”.