Friday, December 24, 2010

Nadal and Federer Play for Charity

As an early Christmas present to tennis fans everywhere, top ranked players Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer put on a two-day two-match two-country exhibition event for their respective charities.

This past Tuesday, the two champions met up in Federer's home country of Switzerland and played at the Hallenstadion indoor arena in Zurich. Even though the match was not an official ATP match, it was still the first time the two have played in Switzerland. As expected, the Swiss prevailed in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The match was dubbed as "The Match for Africa" to benefit the Roger Federer Foundation.

The next day, the two gathered in Nadal's home country of Spain and played another exhibition match to benefit Nadal's charity. Under the roof of the Caja Majica sports arena and amidst royalty, the two played a bit more intensely than expected the first two sets with Nadal expectedly coming out on top 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1.

All in all the two men raised around $5 million for their two-day event all the while whetting tennis fans' appetites for yet another year of dominance from these two.

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