The Best Moments From Australian Open's Rally For Relief

Tennis royalty have taken to Rod Laver Arena to raise funds for those affected by the bushfires.

A full house at Rod Laver Arena has watched Roger Federer defeat Nick Kyrgios in a one-set finale to the Australian Open's Rally for Relief to aid bushfire charities.

The 20-time grand-slam winner took on Kyrgios as the centrepiece of Wednesday night's event and prevailed 7-6 (8-6).

Stars including Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev also played Fast Four doubles at the event that helped to raise almost $5 million.

"I've got goosebumps ... everyone came together and it's just an amazing feeling," Kyrgios said. "It's been an emotional couple of weeks.

"When I was back home in Canberra, I couldn't even go outside (due to bushfire smoke) ... and I'm just so happy that we had Roger, Rafa, Novak - some of the greats - to get behind this.

"The awareness has grown and I think we're doing everything we possibly can to overcome this."

The six-time Australian Open champion and world No.3 moved well, ahead of his 20th assault on the season-opening grand slam at Melbourne Park.

But a competitive hit-out wasn't really his goal.

"What I wanted to do was raise awareness, raise money and tell people to still come and travel to Australia because people probably think around the world that you can't right now," Federer said.

"That was the idea.

"And to have some fun, have a hit with Nick ... we get along very well.

"We've had some epic matches over the years and this was fun ... it wasn't about winning and losing."

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The bad boy of tennis has emerged as a voice of hope in a time Australians desperately need it.

With each player mic'd up, the crowd was privy to the on-court conversations and banter which made for a few laughs and interesting moments throughout the matches.

Tsitsipas the ball boy

Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas spent the first part of the doubles match helping out the ball kids.

Although he did look quite confused about some of the finer points of his job.

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece takes part in the Rally for Relief Bushfire Appeal event. Image: Getty

Djokovic serves drinks

Perpetual-joker Djokovic made sure his team were well hydrated during the match, providing a drinks service for his teammates.

Wozniacki crashes the point

Team captain Wozniacki showed her competitive streak, joining her teammates during a rally to give them a slight advantage.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Coco Gauff of the USA high five. Image: Getty

Local hero Deb partners with Rafa

It was a moment every tennis fan dreams of -- playing doubles with Rafael Nadal. For local hero Deb, who has been battling fires near the small Victorian town of Corryong, that dream came true.

Deb joined her favourite player Rafa during the match, and even managed to pick up a few points against the opposition.

All the rules are forgotten

It was chaos. All eight players took to the court for what can only be described as a mess.

Absolute pandemonium. Image: Australian Open TV

Spare a thought for the umpires

The umpires are not always the players' favourite person, but this time we got to hear everything.

Like the moment Rafa wasn't happy with a call.

"I remember you from the ATP Cup," he joked with the chair ump.

Rafa has a long memory. Image: Australian Open TV

Osaka threatens Zverev

Osaka and Zverev partnered-up to take on Rafa and Petra Kvitova, but the Japanese superstar wasn't too happy with her playing buddy.

"She's literally just told me if I miss one more ball she's substituting me out," Zverev told the crowd.

Not quite a happy partnership. Image: Australian Open TV

Djokovic and Nadal have communication issues

Just days ago these two Grand Slam champs were facing off for their countries in the ATP Cup final.

The pair doubled-up for the tie-breaker, and it was safe to say there was a bit of tactical confusion.

Rafa also showed is competitive streak even during a charity match, ordering Djokovic around the court.

Kygrios asks a firey for serving advice

The Aussie was facing a match point when he asked a firefighter sitting behind him for advice on where to put his service.

Whatever was said, it worked.

But the best part of the night was the amount of money raised.

Nadal and Federer pledged to donated $250,000 together to add to the amount being raised over the course of Australia's tennis season.

By the time the matches had ended, $4.86 million had been donated to the Rally for Relief cause, and that amount is expected to continue to rise.

With AAP.