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Match for Africa: Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer will play each other in 2010 rematch

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

The 2020 Australian Open is about to come to an end. The men’s and women’s final are yet to be played but for some sections of fans, there is a different event that is now being awaited. The Match for Africa to be played between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 7th February, in Cape Town, South Africa.

This is will be the first time the two will meet each other again in a Match for Africa event since they kick-started the whole series back in 2010. Speaking about the upcoming match, Federer said, “We share not only the love for tennis but also for the good cause of giving children a better start in education and in life,” while Nadal added, “Roger and I have shared so many magical moments on and off the court.

Travelling with him to Cape Town and playing for the benefit of children is something am very excited about. It will be my first time in the region with roger as a tour guide- that will be fun”. The two also came up with a throwback memory to the fans’ delight.

In a new video, Federer and Nadal are seen watching their 2010 video promoting the event in which they were giggling for the most part. At one point, Nadal nostalgically mentions to Roger, “It was a good memory.”

He concludes the video by saying, “We are gonna see you, in Cape Town,” even as Federer is grinning by his side. Federer and Nadal’s campaign at the Australian Open ended in the semi-final and quarter-final respectively.


‘What sportsmanship looks like’: Rafa Nadal’s incredible act after Australian Open loss

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal did away with tradition in a remarkable act of sportsmanship after his shock loss in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

As we’ve seen him do a number of times throughout his career, Nadal didn’t wait for Dominic Thiem to meet him at the net after the final point, instead walking over to his opponent’s side of the court before embracing him.

It was only a small gesture but one we don’t often see from many other players.

The World No.1 then continued the classy display in his post-match press conference, heaping praise on his opponent rather than wallowing in defeat.

Dominic Thiem vs Rafael Nadal

“(It was) a very good match. Good level of tennis, I think,” Nadal told reporters.

“He have been playing very well, I think, no? Playing very aggressive, great shots. Even from difficult positions, he was able to produce amazing shots.

“So nothing to say. Just well done to him.

“I think he’s playing great. He’s playing with a lot of energy, aggressive, determination. So well done for him.

“I honestly didn’t play a bad match, no, no. My attitude was great, I think, during the whole match. Good, positive, fighting spirit all the time, giving me more chances. That’s what I tried, no?”

Thiem gets revenge on Nadal
Thiem avenged back-to-back French Open final losses to Nadal, shocking the world No.1 to reach the last four at the Australian Open for the first time.

The Austrian fifth seed gave Nadal a taste of his own medicine at Melbourne Park, out-grinding the Spaniard 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (8-6) in a dogfight that lasted more than four hours.

On the wrong end of a 4-9 career record, Thiem had never beaten Nadal in a grand slam after finishing runner-up to him in the past two Roland Garros deciders.

Thiem’s thrilling five-set loss to the 19-time major champion at the 2018 US Open was still fresh in his mind as he basked in Wednesday night’s breakthrough victory over Nadal.

Except this time he felt the rub of the green went his way.

“We already had this epic match in New York two years ago,” Thiem said.

“Today, I had really good feeling I was lucky in the right situation. (The) net court was really on my side.

“It’s necessary because he’s obviously one of the greatest of all-time. You need some luck to beat him.”

Rafael Nadal

But lady luck could only carry him so far, with Thiem stumbling as he battled mentally to put Nadal away while serving for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set.

“It’s a little bit demons in the head,” he said.

“Like Roger (Federer) said, it’s true. Everybody has it. I was rushing way too much.

“Of course it’s very tough to handle if you are up 5-4 against Rafa.”

With the temperature gauge still reading 31C on Rod Laver Arena when the first ball was struck, it was always going to be a war of attrition.

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