Federer tops Wawrinka in The Match for Africa 2

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka put on a show in front of the home faithful at a sold out Hallenstadion in Zurich, contesting The Match For Africa 2 presented by Rolex on Sunday evening.

The Swiss stars catered to the 11,000 fans throughout the 93-minute affair, providing plenty of laughs and high-quality tennis. Federer prevailed 7-6(4), 6-4.

"The evening was a great experience for me," said Federer. "Stan and I were given a wonderful reception in the stadium. The fact that we were able to raise such a large amount for the foundation makes the evening even more special. A hearty thank you to Stan that he made this possible."

The event, which raised 1.3 million Swiss Francs, was in support of the Roger Federer Foundation, an organisation that promotes access to quality education, supporting projects operated by local nonprofit groups primarily in six countries in southern Africa and Switzerland. This year it is already reaching out to 136,000 children, with the goal of reaching a total 1,000,000 children by 2018.

The lone break of serve came in the third game of the second set, after the World No. 2 claimed the opener in a tie-break. Wawrinka pressed to level the set when he earned a pair of break points trailing 4-3, but Federer held his nerve and would close out the match on an overhead smash.

The crowd was entertained with traditional African dance and song during the changeovers.

Link: The Match for Africa 2 photo gallery

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Date: 22nd December 2014, Source: ATP


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