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Federer v Nadal at the Bernabeu? ‘There’s time,’ says Real president Perez

Federer v Nadal at the Bernabeu? ‘There’s time,’ says Real president Perez

12/09/2019 at 10:58Updated 12/09/2019 at 11:42

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have gone head-to-head on some of tennis’ biggest stages, but could they face-off at one of football's grandest stadiums in the future?

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez admits he has tried to get the two tennis legends to play at the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Nadal, a Real fan, will team up with Federer at the Laver Cup next week, while the duo are also set to play an exhibition at Cape Town Stadium in February next year.

That match will seek to break the world record for the biggest attendance at a tennis match - which is currently set at 27,432 spectators at the Pierre-Mauroy de Lille Stadium in France - and Perez said he has tried to break the record at Real’s stadium in the past, adding there is still time to make that happen.

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"We have tried many times to break the Guinness Record of tennis spectators by organising a Nadal-Federer match at the Bernabeu but one of them is injured or cannot play,” Perez said, as per AS.

" The good thing is that, as it seems that they will play for so long, there is still time."

Next year’s showdown in South Africa will see proceeds go towards the Roger Federer Foundation, aimed at benefiting children in the region.

“This match in Africa is a dream comes true,” said Federer. “I will play in my mother’s home country against my toughest rival and friend Rafa Nadal.

“We share not only the love for tennis but also for the good cause of giving children a better start in education and in life.

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“I feel privileged to have other leading philanthropists on board to entertain millions of people in the stadium and on TV. It will be a once‐in-lifetime moment for my family and I.”

Nadal added: “Roger and I have shared so many magical moments on and off the court. Travelling with him to Cape Town and playing for the benefit of children is something I am very excited about. It will be my first time in the region with Roger as a tour guide – that will be fun.”