‘I do the running, he does the thinking’ — Roger Federer hailed Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates as an ideal doubles partner

Roger Federer of Switzerland and Bill Gates shake hands at the Match For Africa 4 exhibition match at KeyArena. Suzi Pratt/Getty Images
  • Top-ranked tennis player Roger Federer teamed-up with Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates for a charity game in California earlier this week.
  • Gates is a good partner as he knowns numbers so well he does not make mistakes keeping score, according to Federer.

What do you get when you cross the second-richest billionaire on the planet with the world’s best male tennis player?

It is a question that was solved on Monday, when tennis number one Roger Federer teamed up with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates for an exhibition tennis match.

The unlikely pair took on top-ranked American tennis player Jack Sock and NBC’s “Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie for a charity game in California.

Federer touted Gates as an ideal tennis partner when he was interviewed on the sidelines before the match. This is because the business magnate, worth $US91 billion according to Forbes, “knows numbers” and would “never make mistakes with the scores.”

Federer added: “I’ll do the running and Bill does the thinking.”

When the game got underway, Federer could be heard shouting “that’s mine” to the billionaire as he looked to take control. At one point, Federer even won a point while playing on his kneecaps.

However, Associated Press said Gates, dressed in a bright pink polo shirt, also contributed with his own “hustle” and “shot-making.”

The strategy Federer and Gates used clearly worked as they defeated Sock and Guthrie by a 6-3 score.

After the win, Gates joked: “I think I’m good at picking partners.”

Approximately 15,000 tickets were sold for the charity game. Proceeds went toward the Roger Federer Foundation, a charity that supports educational projects located in southern Africa and Switzerland.