Since Miami 2004, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been among the greatest rivals in tennis history. Two giants have shared the pitch numerous times around the world and fought for the most prominent titles in our sport for 15 years. In 2010, Roger and Rafa participated in the first match in Africa, an exhibition match to raise funds for the Roger Federer Foundation. Federer and Nadal have worked together many times in numerous charities, and their latest project came in February last year in the sixth game in Africa. On February 7, Roger and Rafa met in Cape Town in front of a crowd of nearly 52,000, setting the world record and giving their fans something to cheer on. It was the first African game to be held on the African continent. The unprecedented crowd saw Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Bill Gates and Trevor Noah have fun on the court for two games and raise more than $ 3.5 million for underprivileged children. Before the main match, Federer revealed that Nadal admitted to him that he cried when the Swiss claimed that elusive Roland Garros crown in 2009, completing a Career Grand Slam just 15 months before Rafa himself and securing a place among the immortals of tennis. Robin Soderling defeated Nadal in the fourth round and reached the title clash, losing it to Roger, who wrote history books after his first and only triumph in Paris. “The Party in Africa is fundamental to me because it is for a great cause. I started my foundation when I was 22 years old and I remember feeling ashamed of my philanthropic world. Then the first game in Africa came in 2010 against Rafa in Zurich, and it was an instant success. I went to Madrid the next day to help also found him. This is the sixth edition of the Match in Africa, in Cape Town, in this beautiful stadium, which connects Bill Gates, Trevor Noah and Rafael Nadal and makes this event special.”
Clarey reflects on Roger Federer
Renowned sports journalist Christopher Clarey recently revealed that Roger Federer had a really ‘tough’ time accepting Novak Djokovic. He also explained why the Swiss maestro has a good and healthy relationship with Rafael Nadal and not with Novak Djokovic. “Rafa-Roger came from comfortable childhoods; they had choices,” said Clarey. “Djokovic came from a war-torn country. Unlike Rafa-Roger, he had no choices. He just wanted- and needed- to succeed.” Clarey also acknowledged the fact that since Nadal has always been very humble and respectful towards Federer, he easily developed a great bonding with the Swiss. On the other hand, Djokovic didn’t give Federer the same treatment, something he didn’t like about the Serb. “Rafa was deferential, Djokovic did impressions; perhaps Federer didn’t much appreciate,” concluded Clarey.