Tennis legend Roger Federer has landed in Cape Town

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Roger Federer

An unofficial son of South Africa, Roger Federer has landed in Cape Town for his epic exhibition match against Rafael Nadal this weekend.

The Swiss tennis player, whose mother Lynette comes from Johannesburg, has visited the country many times with his parents. However, this will be his first time playing a tennis match in South Africa.

‘After a long period of planning and a huge effort from the whole team, I have finally arrived in South Africa to experience a unique moment,’ the 20-time Grand Slam champion said in a statement.

On Friday, Federer will face off against his long-time rival, Nadal in the sixth installment of exhibition matches for the Roger Federation Foundation. The match will take place at Cape Town Stadium, and many activities will take place like performances by the Ndlovu Youth Choir and the Zip Zap Circus. The clash between the two icons will take place at 8:30 pm.

Before the match, there will also be a not-to-be-missed doubles match between Federer and Bill Gates, and Nadal and Trevor Noah.

‘This really connects all the dots – playing tennis, raising money and doing it in South Africa, which is very special to me. I’m very happy it’s here. I think it’s going to be quite emotional because I’ve been wanting to play in South Africa for years,’ Federer said.

Watch him arrive in the Mother City:

Before landing in Cape Town, Federer visited Namibia visiting an ECD centre and a primary school in order to learn about the work that the School Readiness Initiative from the Roger Federer Foundation is doing. He also met with the President of Namibia, Hage Geingob and other government representatives to talk about the importance of early childhood education.

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