RUNDOWN | #MatchInAfrica Rafael ready? Roger that

2020-02-07 15:42

Tennis great Roger Federer will put his undefeated Match for Africa record on the line against rival Rafael Nadal at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday.

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07 Feb 20:15

Federer, Gates secure the win

The duo of Roger Federer and Bill Gates did enough on the night to secure a 6-3 win against Rafael Nadal and Trevor Noah in the #MatchInAfrica doubles curtain raiser at the Cape Town stadium on Friday evening. 

07 Feb 20:07

Of live commentary, a Schwarzenegger sounding umpire and fun

During Friday's #MatchInAfrica curtain raiser where Federer and Gates took on Nadal and Noah, the game at the Cape Town stadium provided much entertainment, both with the tennis on display and the live commentary from the players in the middle of the pitch.

Court side and the umpire sounded an awful lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger as he kept the announcements going throughout the stadium.

07 Feb 20:03

Tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal roped in the services of billionaire Bill Gates and comedian Trevor Noah in Friday's #MatchInAfrica curtain raiser at the Cape Town stadium.

Some 50 000 were expected to fill the Greenpoint located stadium as Federer and Nadal squared up for their singles match in an effort to raise funds for the Roger Federer Foundation.

The Match will be the 6th edition of this event, but the first to be played in Africa.

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Nadal is loving in time in South Africa

07 Feb 18:48

Federer gushes over engagements with Springbok captain Siya Kolisi

"I told him to rehab properly. We need him back."

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07 Feb 17:58

Rafael Nadal's SA connection

Towards the end of the 20th century, a 12-year-old kid by the name of Rafael Nadal held tennis officials and fans alike in awe with his already burgeoning talent and relentless determination at Sun City during an ITF junior international tournament.

In corresponding years, the already dynamic youngster who on Friday faces Roger Federer in the eagerly-awaited exhibition charity game between the two tennis legends at Cape Town Stadium, went on to romp through further junior tournaments at the Sun City resort and comfortably won the under-14 events on both these occasions.

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Pre-game meal: who are you backing? 

07 Feb 17:20

Federer would like to see revival of SA Open

The now defunct South African Open was a frontline event on the tennis calendar in years gone by - there was even talk in the late 1970s and early 1980s of the event replacing the Australian Open as one of the official four Grand Slams.

The Australian Open was struggling for popularity during that period with many of the top Americans players of the time often not even attending the year's first major.

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07 Feb 16:50

Siya Kolisi welcomes 'icon' Roger Federer to Cape Town with a warm embrace

Kolisi took to his Instagram and Twitter accounts to post pictures and a video of the pair meeting for the first time - and well as playing tennis on a make-shift court.

Federer confirmed that he was "having a haircut" in Zurich during last year's Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, but did message his congratulations to Kolisi and the Springbok team "no more than 10 minutes after the final whistle".

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Federer, Nadal surprise fans with quick warm up on Grand Parade

Capetonians were treated on Friday to a quick surprise warm-up between tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the Grand Parade, ahead of their charity match at the Cape Town Stadium.

Dressed in shirts, jeans and sneakers, the men were cheered as they made their way onto a makeshift stage in front of the Cape Town City Hall, with Table Mountain in the background.

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Event organisers will also attempt to break the world record for the most spectators to watch a single tennis match at the stadium, which seats 50 000 people.

07 Feb 16:27
The Match in Africa event at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday will be the first played on African soil under the auspices of the Roger Federer Foundation to raise funds for children's education on the continent

07 Feb 16:24

"It's nice to call one of your biggest rivals one of your friends.

"He's not my closest friend, I'm not his closest friend as well," Federer quipped, before adding: "On the road I think we understand each other really, really well. We like seeing each other, also chatting together and making sure that tennis moves forward the right way."

07 Feb 16:15

Schalk Burger challenges Rodger Federer to a tennis match – and the winner had us shook!

Local celebrities gathered to welcome the 20-time Grand Slam champion to the Mother City ahead of his #MatchInAfrica game, and among the crowd was rugby player Schalk Burger who challenged Roger to a friendly match.

The star-studded event, which is set to take place at the Cape Town Stadium will see local comedian Trevor Noah and renowned US business mogul and philanthropist Bill Gates take to the courts in a doubles game alongside Rafael Nadal.

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The tennis match between international sporting legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday was preceded by the two giants spending time with children from Hangberg pre-primary in Hout Bay. (Garrin Labley/Sport24).

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Children from Hangberg pre-primary in Hout Bay wearing Roger Federer shirts (Garrin Lambley/Sport24).

07 Feb 15:44

All you need to know about parking and road closures

Various roads in Green Point and the central business district will be closed. Here's how to plan your day if you are in the area.

07 Feb 15:44

Federer: Only Rafa could make this event truly special

Roger Federer says Rafael Nadal is the perfect fit for an opponent in Friday's Match in Africa contest at Cape Town Stadium.

The two tennis legends will square off in the exhibition match for Federer's foundation, with the main aim to raise money in support of educational and athletics programmes for children in Africa.

Federer arrived in the Mother City on Wednesday where he addressed reporters at Cape Town International Airport.

07 Feb 15:44

Trevor Noah and Bill Gates make lowkey arrival in Cape Town ahead of charity tennis match

South African born comedian Trevor Noah and business magnate and philanthropist, Bill Gates have officially arrived in Cape Town ahead of Friday’s The Match in Africa.

The charity tennis match hosted by the Roger Federer Foundation, the 6th edition of this event but the first to be played in Africa, will see the two men go head-to-head in a celebrity-pro doubles match with Roger and Rafa Nadal in front of an audience of more than 50 000 fans at the Cape Town Stadium.

07 Feb 15:44

Federer's unbelievable Match for Africa record - he's never lost!

The Swiss ace and his long-time Spanish foe will square off in the latest Match for Africa series clash, the sixth instalment of exhibition matches to help generate funds for the Roger Federer Foundation.

To date the foundation has raised over $52 million to fund schooling, transport and food for children in Africa.

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