Federer, Nadal lead stars swinging racquets for bushfire relief

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return in this

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return in this

Fundraisers for the Australian Open have already been launched to raise money and awareness of the floods in Queensland in 2011, and Federer said he was once again happy to inform some people around the world of Australia's current plight.

Stars including Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev also played Fast Four doubles at the event that helped raise an incredible $4,826,014.

Roger Federer beat Nick Kyrgios in a one-set exhibition match at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne - which is set to host the Australian Open next month - in front of a crowd of more than 15,000 people.

Having been personally impacted by the fires, the Australian star expressed his gratitude for the support from fans and the tennis community, conceding "it's been an emotional couple of weeks".

"I think the other thing is this surface kind of favours Novak because his serve is a weapon, the first shot in the rally being the return of serve becomes the weapon, he has to get a racquet on the serve and the ball shoots back through the court".

"The awareness has grown and I think we're doing everything we possibly can to overcome this", Kyrgios said.

It was a match made in heaven for Deb the firefighter as she teamed up with Rafa Nadal at Rod Laver Arena.

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The 20-time grand-slam victor had also dipped into his own pocket, combining with Nadal to make a $250,000 donation, with fundraising efforts to continue during the Australian Open.

"Talking with Roger a couple of hours ago, we chose to give $250,000 Australian dollars to the bushfire relief together", he said.

Roger Federer of Switzerland and Nick Kyrgios of Australia pose for a photo during the Rally For Relief.

"Hopefully that can keep inspiring people to support this bad disaster that we were going through and helps to recover all the things that we need". On several occasions, volunteer fire personnel were invited on the court to play against the tennis stars.

Federer took on Kyrgios in a one-set centrepiece of Wednesday night's event and prevailed 7-6 (8/6).

Tournament organisers have been under fire for ploughing ahead with the qualifiers after an initial delay on Tuesday, with players complaining of breathing difficulties and one forced to retire from a match after suffering a coughing fit.

"That was the idea".

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