Nadal, Ferrer team up for Peru exhibition match

18 Nov 2013 09:15:20

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Spanish world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is in Peru, where he will play an exhibition match on Sunday against countryman David Ferrer.

Nadal, who has won 13 Grand Slam titles, said on his arrival Saturday in Lima that he planned to offer fans "some great tennis."

The 27-year-old Nadal flew into the international airport in the Peruvian capital aboard a private plane and was welcomed by dozens of fans.

Nadal spent some time with the fans before leaving the airport.

The exhibition match at the Lima Jockey Club has been highly anticipated by the Spanish tennis star's fans in this South American country.

"Our goal is that they see some great tennis. We go to play anywhere in the world. First, because we want to make a good impression and so that people will attend the matches, so they will watch on television, and so they will enjoy a match of real tennis," Nadal said in a press conference.

Nadal said he and Ferrer were "very excited to play in a place where we never have before."

"We are sure that the public will respond, we will give everything we have," the Spanish star said.

The 31-year-old Ferrer, for his part, said he was happy that his countryman was the world No. 1 but would do his best to win on Sunday.

"I'm not going to hold back anything," Ferrer said.

The two Spanish tennis players greeted and signed autographs for a Peruvian boy who has leukemia and had expressed a desire to meet them.

Nadal and Ferrer were presented a red and white Peruvian national soccer team jersey at the press conference.

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