22nd December, 2010
Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 yesterday to open a two-match exhibition series for charity between the worldâ€™s top ranked tennis players.
Federer sealed victory on Nadalâ€™s serve with a backhand crosscourt return in front of 10,000 fans at sold-out Hallenstadion indoor arena. This was the firstÂ time they have played each other in Federerâ€™s home country.
The match in Switzerland raised money for Federerâ€™s foundation, which backs educational work with children in Africa. It currently supports projects inÂ Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and his motherâ€™s native South Africa.
â€œThis is a special match for me, which I will remember forever,â€ Federer said. â€œIâ€™m just so proud and so happy that we all made it work.â€