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Federer beats Nadal in Zurich charity match

AP, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to open a two-match exhibition series for charity between the world’s best tennis players.

Federer sealed victory on Nadal’s serve with a backhand cross-court return for a winner in front of 10,000 spectators at the sold-out Hallenstadion indoor arena.

It was the first time they have played each other in Federer’s native Switzerland.

The match raised money for the Roger Federer Foundation, which backs educational work with children in Africa. It currently supports projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and his mother’s native South Africa.

“This is a special match for me, which I will remember forever,” Federer said. “I’m just so proud and so happy that we all made it work.”

“It was an unforgettable experience. I’m very happy to be part of this event,” Nadal said.

The good-natured match was the showpiece of a telethon-like event broadcast live by Swiss television.

Swiss sports stars, including Olympic champion cyclist Fabian Cancellara and Alpine skier Didier Cuche, helped auction prizes they donated.

Also attending was US skier Lindsey Vonn. The Olympic women’s downhill champion is a fan and friend of Federer, and she arrived hours after competing in France.

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