Fedal to team up again: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal looking to set attendance record

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

The date is yet to be confirmed, but Fedal fans can get excited about a reunion as Roger Federer has revealed he will be reuniting with Rafael Nadal in an effort to break the attendance record for a single match.

The long-time rivals and friends are set to go head-to-head in an exhibition match in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2020 as they look to set the new milestone.

According to Guinness World Records, the previous mark of 35,681 was set on July 8, 2010 in Brussels, Belgium, in a match between local hero Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams of the United States. It was Clijsters who came out victorious in that exhibition encounter, umpired by the one and only Martina Navratilova.

Fedal, as they are referred to in the media, has 38 Grand Slam titles between them and they will attempt to break the attendance record in aid of the Roger Federer Foundation.

In an interview with Vogue ahead of Wimbledon, Federer was asked to reveal something interesting about Nadal and replied: “What do you want to know? He’s an intense guy on the court and he is super open and honest off the court and he’s got a heart of gold.

“He’s also going to help me with my foundation again next year. We are going to try to break the record for most attendance in Cape Town in South Africa. I am so looking forward to it. So thank you Rafa.”

The two have played exhibition matches before as they squared off in the “Match for Africa” in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2010 to raise funds for Federer’s foundation and then a couple of days later they played in Madrid, Spain, in aid of the Fundación Rafa Nadal.

They notably also played the Battle of Surfaces in 2007 where half of the court was clay and the other half grass. Rafa emerged the winner on that day.

But it really doesn’t matter who wins. It will be a privilege to see these GOATS battle it out again. And in the end, it is the charities that win.

Nesa Jacobs

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