KEY POINTS

  • Federer is excited about playing Nadal in South Africa
  • The two will play multiple matches for Federer's charity organization
  • The Match for Africa 6 event is scheduled to take place on Friday

Roger Federer revealed the upcoming charity match against Rafael Nadal is a “dream come true” and he is excited over the prospect of playing the Spaniard in South Africa.

Federer earlier had mentioned that it took him nearly two years to convince Nadal to join him in Cape Town for the Match for Africa 6 charity exhibition game to raise funds for the Swiss Maestro’s charity organization.

The match is special for the 20-time Grand Slam winner because South Africa is his mother’s home country and he admitted to being sorry that it took so long to arrange the much-awaited match.

It is understood that Nadal and Federer will play multiple matches at the charity event. Apart from their singles fixture, they will also face off in a doubles match. Federer reportedly is set to partner American billionaire Bill Gates against Nadal and South African host Trevor Noah.

The Match for Africa 6 event is scheduled to take place Friday in Cape Town Stadium. The duo of Credit Suisse and Rolex will help present the event.

This is not the first time that Federer and Nadal are set to team up for a Match for Africa event. The event’s first edition was played in 2010 with two events in Zurich and Madrid. For the 2010 events, the earnings went to the Roger Federer Foundation and the Fundación Rafa Nadal.

Nadal and Federer recently played at the Australian Open 2020. While the Spaniard failed to reach last-four having lost to Dominic Thiem in the quarters, Federer suffered a straight-set semis loss to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. It was Djokovic’s second consecutive Australian Open title and overall eighth trophy in Melbourne. The Serbian won a five-set thriller final against Thiem to continue his dominance in the year-opening Grand Slam.