The sixth edition of the Match for Africa will take place in Cape Town on Friday, with the 39-time Major champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal battling in South Africa in front of the record-breaking crowd of some 50,000!
South Africa's sporting event of the year is set at the Cape Town Stadium, offering a chance for the fans to watch two of the greatest players of all time in action and collect money for the Roger Federer Foundation that takes care of children's education.
Besides Roger and Rafa, Bill Gates and Trevor Noah will join the doubles match, with Gates and Federer taking upon Nadal and Noah in what should be the most entertaining encounter of the day. After that, Roger Federer will embrace his first singles match in his mother's land, never playing in South Africa before and choosing a perfect rival for that in Rafael Nadal who was more than willing to come and share the beautiful moment with his old rival, almost 16 years since their first clash on the Tour.
Roger is yet to lose the Match for Africa clash, scoring victories in the previous five and hoping for another good run later today, facing Nadal for the second time in matches like this. The Match for Africa charity project kicked off in December 2010 in Zurich when Roger defeated Rafa in three sets, with the second one coming again in Zurich in 2014 when the Swiss crowd had the opportunity to watch Roger in action against Stan Wawrinka, beating him 7-6, 6-4.
In April 2017, Zurich hosted the third Match for Africa and this time it was Andy Murray who challenged Federer, staying alive in set number two before losing 6-3, 7-6. Three weeks later, Federer flew to Seattle and gathered more than $2,000,000 together with Bill Gates and John Isner, defeating the American 6-4, 7-6 in the main match to keep a perfect record in this series.
The latest Match for African took place in San Jose in March 2018, with Roger taking down Jack Sock 7-6, 6-4 for the fifth victory in as many encounters in the last eight years, seeking another one versus Rafael Nadal following the semi-final run at the Australian Open.