Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal was great with kids during Match in Africa'


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Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal was great with kids during Match in Africa'

Back in November, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev played an exhibition match in Mexico City at the stunning Plaza de Toros bullring in front of 42,517 fans, setting the world record for attendance at a tennis match. No matter how big and attractive it was, the record stood for less than three months before tennis giants Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal raised the bar to a higher level in Cape Town on February 7, writing history books as many times before in the last 15 years.

As a part of the Match in Africa 6, Roger and Rafa battled at the Cape Town Stadium in front of the crowd of 51,954, setting a new world record that will take some beating in the years to come! Roger and Rafa were the main protagonists of the Match in Africa, just like at the first one in Zurich 2010, getting together again a decade later to share their passion for the sport with the people in South Africa, a land of Roger's mother where he never competed before.

Of course, it all happened for a great cause, gathering money for the Roger Federer Foundation with the help of Bill Gates and Trevor Noah who shared the court with the legends in the doubles clash that served as an overture for the main action between the 39-time Major champions.

In the end, Federer toppled Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in an hour and 45 minutes, keeping his perfect record in the Match in Africa clashes after beating Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, John Isner and Jack Sock in the previous encounters between these two with Rafa.

Preparing it for months, both players agreed to play on February 7, finishing their Australian Open duties and gathering in South Africa for one of the most significant sporting events of the entire year. Before the match, Roger and Rafa had a chance to spend time with children at the Stadium, having a great time and cracking jokes that kept both the crowd and the kids entertained.

Speaking about the event, Federer praised Nadal who was very careful with kids, working with youngsters at the Academy and his Foundation.