The world’s tennis stars gather in Rally For Relief to aid flood victims in Australia

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Rafa, Roger, Nole and other top tennis players took part in exhibition matches in front of 15,000 spectators at a packed Rod Laver Arena on the eve of the Australian Open to raise money for victims of the devastating floods in Australia.

Ticket-buying spectators raised A$300,000 during the “Rally for Relief” event and corporate sponsors kicked in hundreds of thousands of dollars more.

Nadal and Federer played against eachother, and then they teamed against Kim Clijsters and Sam Stosur.

As expected, Nole was the biggest attraction. He and Andy Roddick entertained the crowd with jokes, and played a match against Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka.

The funniest was when the Serbian world number three borrowed camera from photographers and snapped Caroline Wozniacki who posed in a pink and white sports dress.

“I can see more than you think!” said Djokovic, waving the camera’s extended zoom at her.

Then Nole and Ana Ivanovic played a short match against Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka.

See photos from the exhibition.

Nole will start his bid for a second Grand Slam title against world no.42 Spaniard Marcel Granollers on Monday at 11am CET. The two players have never met before.

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