‘It was a magical evening’ – Roger Federer reacts as he and Rafael Nadal smash tennis attendance record

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Roger Federer match in Africa

Roger Federer described the Match in Africa exhibition as ‘a magical evening’ after he took to the court once more with Rafael Nadal.

Federer won the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in front of a record tennis crowd of 51,954 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The real winners were tennis fans, though, and the Roger Federer Foundation for whom the match earned $3.5million.

“It was a magical evening,’ Federer said. “I’m so proud to have roots here.

“I think the people wanted to see us play proper tennis and not just be clowns,” Federer said after the match, which he won.

“It was such a privilege to be here tonight. Of course, we wanted to try and play the best tennis we can, that’s what we are world-famous for.

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“It was an absolute pleasure to share the court with Rafa again, but here in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa means so much more.

“It really is very special on so many levels. This is more than just tennis and I really hope we can do it again, that Rafa can do it again one day by coming back to this beautiful country.”

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