Oregon Exhibition- Nike Clash of Champions
Rafael Nadal, the world no.1 player has thrashed out Roger Federer in an exhibitions match which was held in Oregon. It was one of the most spectacular occasion in front of 12,220 tennis fans, at the University of Oregon’s new $227 million basketball arena on Tuesday night, 8th February, 2011.
It was another fantastic exhibition match at the Nike’s Clash of the Champions between the world top two players, where Nadal has defeated Federer with 7-5 at University of Oregon’s.
Along with world top two players, Nadal and Federer at the Clash of the Champions were Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, who also played a Women’s single match.
Victoria Azarenka has beaten the former world no.1, Maria Sharapova in the women’s singles match with 5-4 (5-0) in a tiebreaker. Victoria Azarenka was replaced by Serena Williams, the American no.1, in the Nike’s Clash of the Champions. Williams has withdrawn from the exhibitions match because of injury.
The group of four players played a set of mixed doubles and the big Surprise for the event was John McEnroe.
McEnroe took umpire’s chair for the mixed doubles match and the other two Guest for the event were Joey Harrington and Dennis Dixon, the former Oregon quarterbacks and they took the role of sideline judges.
With the former two world no.1 players, Sharapova and Federer leading 5-3 in the doubles match, McEnroe and Federer changed their places, as McEnroe united Sharapova on the court and thrilled the crowd with some of his old magic, getting the team to match point before Federer came back to polish off a 6-3 victory with an ace.
Federer has said about Nadal that, we had many big battles over the years and also had some wonderful moments in exhibition play and played in some amazing places and this is obviously very special doing it for Nike in a place that means a lot to Phil. They are very happy to be here tonight.