Roger Federer has sent Rafael Nadal a generous piece of memorabilia after the Spaniard gave up his time to compete in the Match for Africa. The pair raised £2.6million ($3.5m) for charity and broke the world record for spectators at a tennis match as 51,954 people attended.
Federer beat Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes on the red hard court in Cape Town.
The pair started their careers as major rivals as they were battling each other for the biggest titles in the sport.
However, as they edge ever closer to retirement their friendship has started to blossom.
Federer turned to Nadal to ask him to play in the Match for Africa and they travelled across the world to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation.
As a thank you for giving up his time, Federer sent the Spaniard the racket he used during the match.
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“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.
“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. I’m so proud to have roots here.”