Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played came together in Cape Town, South Africa for a special Match for Africa charity event.
In front of 51,964 fans — the most to ever view a tennis match — the matches raised more than $3 million toward the children’s education in Africa.
In their singles match, Federer beat Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The two also played with celebrities Bill Gates and Trevor Noah in a doubles match which was won but Federer/Gates 6-3.
“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.”
Federer’s mother, Lynette, called South Africa home.
“It’s great for tennis, it’s great for charity, it’s great to inspire and motivate kids and other people to do good and he’s a kind man, Rafa,” Federer said. “You were kind enough to come here tonight. So did Bill, so did Trevor, and it was a magical evening. Thank you so, so much.”
This was the sixth “Match for Africa”, but the first on the continent.
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