Roger Federer got the better of Rafael Nadal in an entertaining Match for Africa exhibition in South Africa.
In a homecoming of sorts for Federer, whose mother Lynette was born in the country, the Swiss star linked up with Bill Gates to beat Nadal and comedian Trevor Noah in a doubles match.
Federer and Nadal then came onto the court for their singles match and the 38-year-old won 6-4 3-6 6-3.
It was then announced the exhibition had broken the record for crowd attendance at a tennis match with 51,954 people in the stadium.
ROGER FEDERER VS RAFAEL NADAL – MATCH FOR AFRICA
THIRD SET (*denotes server)
*FEDERER 6-4 3-6 6-3 NADAL
Nadal forehand winner, 30-40. Break point. Nadal forehand long, deuce. Big Federer serve and Nadal’s return goes long. Match point.
Outrageous Federer half volley winner to win the match.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 5-3 NADAL*
Nadal forehand winner to win the game. Federer to serve for the match next.
*FEDERER 6-4 3-6 5-2 NADAL
Federer holds to 15 when Nadal nets a backhand.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 4-2 NADAL*
Nadal gets the crowd on their feet with an audacious 360 forehand smash winner. And he holds with a lovely backhand volley on the stretch.
*FEDERER 6-4 3-6 4-1 NADAL
Lovely backhand smash from Federer, 40-30. Federer volley goes long, deuce. Federer holds again with an ace.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 3-1 NADAL*
Love hold from Nadal to get back on track.
*FEDERER 6-4 3-6 3-0 NADAL
Federer consolidates the break with a hold to 30 after an ace.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 2-0 NADAL*
Break point for Federer when Nadal puts a volley long. And Federer gets the break after Nadal’s backhand goes long.
*FEDERER 6-4 3-6 1-0 NADAL
Gorgeous lob by Nadal over Federer, 30-30. Nadal nets a forehand and then pulls one long to give Federer the lead.
FEDERER 6-4 3-6 NADAL*
Break point Nadal after Federer nets a forehand. And Nadal makes it one set apiece when Federer’s forehand flies long.
The Cape Town stadium hosts the Match for Africa
*FEDERER 6-4 3-5 NADAL
Huge forehand winner by Nadal, 0-30. Federer backhand flick into the tramlines, 15-40. Federer saves the first. Federer drop shot winner, deuce.
Federer saves another break point with a volley winner. And he holds to keep himself in the set.
FEDERER 6-4 2-5 NADAL*
All business from Nadal as he cracks down some big serves to hold again.
*FEDERER 6-4 2-4 NADAL
Nice moment for two ball kids as they are invited to play by Federer and Nadal. Federer gets his racket back and holds his serve.
FEDERER 6-4 1-4 NADAL*
Nadal gets to 40-15 when Federer nets a backhand and he consolidates the break with a forehand winner.
*FEDERER 6-4 1-3 NADAL
Federer nets a forehand is a break point for Nadal again but the Swiss faces it with a volley winner. Nadal gets another break point after a running forehand winner down the line.
Federer puts a defensive backhand wide and Nadal breaks again.
FEDERER 6-4 1-2 NADAL*
Break point for Federer after a fabulous backhand return catches out Nadal. Nadal then nets a forehand to gift the break back to the Swiss.
*FEDERER 6-4 0-2 NADAL
Two break points for Nadal after Federer double faults. And the Spaniard breaks for the first time when Federer’s forehand flies long.
FEDERER 6-4 0-1 NADAL*
Better start to this set for Nadal as he holds to 15.
*FEDERER 6-4 NADAL
Classic serve and volley from Federer gives him three set points. And he seals the opening set with an ace.
FEDERER 5-4 NADAL*
Another love hold for Nadal as the two men play a great sliced backhand rally.
*FEDERER 5-3 NADAL
Break point for Nadal as Federer’s forehand flies wide. But Nadal fails to get his return back in play.
Federer remains in front when Nadal nets a volley after a spectacular point.
Rafael Nadal was all smiles during the exhibition
FEDERER 4-3 NADAL*
Nadal holds with a lovely drop volley winner. All good fun out there so far.
*FEDERER 4-2 NADAL
Another comfortable hold for Federer.
FEDERER 3-2 NADAL*
Big Nadal serve down the T, 40-15. And another allows Nadal to hold.
*FEDERER 3-1 NADAL
Federer brings out the skills as he races to 40-0 with a forehand winner. Nadal hits back with his own forehand winner but Federer holds when Nadal goes long.
FEDERER 2-1 NADAL*
The wind is swirling inside the Cape Town Stadium and it is catching out the players a little bit. But Nadal holds to get his first game of the match.
*FEDERER 2-0 NADAL
This might be an exhibition but Federer is playing like it is a final of a Grand Slam. All out attack from the Swiss and he holds serve comfortably.
FEDERER 1-0 NADAL*
Federer wins the first point of the match with a backhand smash winner. Nadal with a vintage serve followed by a forehand winner, 30-30.
Nadal double fault makes it deuce. Break point for Federer after Nadal puts a backhand volley wide. And the Swiss gets ahead after a lovely drop volley winner.
18:50: Lovely moment as South Africa’s World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi comes out and hands Federer a Springbok shirt with his name and the No 8.
18:42: Now it’s Nadal’s time to come out and he embraces Federer before his own interview.
18:35: Federer walks back out for a huge ovation. In his pre-match interview, he reveals Rafael Nadal told him he cried when he won the French Open in 2009.
He said: “Rafa told me today that he cried when I won my French Open in ’09, he was so happy for me.”
18:15: There’s a short break while we wait for Federer and Nadal to take to the court for their singles match.
18:13: Nice words from Federer as he thanks Noah for playing.
He said: “Can’t thank Trevor enough for coming out and doing this, supporting the foundation and being here tonight.”
18:09: And it is all over as Noah nets a backhand and it gives Federer and Gates victory 6-3.
18:05: First break of the match goes to Federer and Gates after a double fault from Noah. They lead 5-3.
Nadal and Noah in matching pink outfits
While Federer and Gates play in white
Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in three sets
17:55: The four players are all wearing headsets and you can hear Gates and Noah breathing heavier than their illustrious partners.
It has been a high paced and competitive start. Federer and Gates lead 3-2.
17:45: Early stages here in this doubles match and it is still on serve with Federer and Gates leading Nadal and Noah 2-1.
17:40: Not cool from Nadal as he fires down an ace past Gates. Nadal says: “I came here to win.”
17:35: First point of the match goes to Nadal & Noah after Gates misjudges a volley.
17:25: Federer’s mother Lynette will hold the coin toss. Team Nadal wins and they will receive first.
17:20: Then Nadal walks in with South African comedian Trevor Noah.
Nadal said: “It is really amazing. I’ve never played in an atmosphere like this. Thank you very much, everybody, for supporting this.”
17:15: Right on cue, Federer walks out onto court with Mircosoft founder Bill Gates.
Federer said: “I feel incredibly excited. So happy.”
17:05: The crowd are being entertained by some local dancers and children.
17:00: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Roger Federer’s exhibition match with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town, South Africa.