Andy Murray looked like he could do with some fan love, especially since he has missed most of the action this year after suffering numerous injuries and illnesses.
He marked his return with an entertaining and light-hearted duel against in-form Roger Federer in a tie that was concluded by the ball boy swapping places with Murray on match point.
Another touching moment came when a fan shouted “I love you!” only for the 29-year-old Brit to respond with an “I love you, too!” before resuming play.
Check out the footage further down in this article.
The charity match was organised for the Roger Federer Foundation, who provides funding to poverty-stricken children in Africa in an effort to help them realise their true potential.
It is also involved with education projects in seven countries in Southern Africa and Switzerland and is currently assisting 275,000 children.
Starting with an unusual pre-match promotional preparation on a raft tethered in the middle of the river Limmat prior to the main event, the fundraiser, originally scheduled to take place at the end of last year, finally happened, and it did not disappoint as Roger Federer came away with a 6-3, 7–6 (7 – 5) victory over Britain’s favourite.
The Brit will now be hoping to get things up and running again in Monte Carlo this weekend as he will be making his first competitive appearance since March.
Training at the Patrick Mouratgolou Academy in Nice, world number one Murray claimed he is happy with his recovery and is looking forward to kicking things off again.
“I’m doing better, I’ve been practising here for the last four or five days,” the 29-year-old said ahead of his return.
“I had the problem with my elbow but the good thing was I could do everything except serve. So the last four or five days I have started to serve a little bit.
“I’m not serving as fast as I would like yet but am hoping over the next five or six days I will be able to start serving like normal again.”
Roger Federer, meanwhile, will not feature in Monte Carlo, instead opting for a voluntary sabbatical until the next major tournament: the French Open at the end of May as he hopes to give his body a little rest in what has so far been a hugely impressive 2017 campaign for the Swiss Ace.
His comeback has seen him oust fierce rival Rafael Nadal in two major finals: Australia and Miami Open, and he looks poised for a third championship this year.
Murray, meanwhile, will be eager to soak in all that fan love and Britain’s Golden Boy has the goods to deliver an impressive tournament starting this weekend.
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