Updated: Thursday, 09 January 2014 02:53 | By Agence France-Presse

Greats Federer and Laver trade shots in Melbourne

Two of the greatest ever tennis players, Rod Laver and Roger Federer, traded a few shots for the first time on Wednesday, with the usually unflappable Swiss champion admitting he was nervous.


Greats Federer and Laver trade shots in Melbourne

Tennis player Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) shakes hands with Rod Laver after having a knock about before a charity match in Melbourne on January 8, 2014

Australian legend Laver, the only man twice to have won all four grand slam tournaments in a calendar year, surprised 17-time grand slam tournament winner Federer at the charity event in Melbourne.

The 75-year-old took to the Melbourne Park court named in his honour wearing a vest, shorts and tennis shoes. He briefly traded shots with Federer before the Swiss player took on Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an exhibition match.

Federer admitted he was nervous about rallying with Laver.

"The racquet feels a little heavy right now, I must say," he said.

The 32-year-old Swiss famously showed his deep respect for the Australian when he burst into tears after winning the 2006 Australian Open, with Laver watching on the winner's dais.

Wednesday's exhibition match at the Rod Laver Arena was organised by Federer to raise money for his foundation, which supports education for underprivileged children in southern Africa.

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