Published: Tue, February 11, 2020
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Federer and Nadal make history in front of 51,954 spectators

Federer and Nadal make history in front of 51,954 spectators

Tennis world No. 3, Roger Federer, touched down in Cape Town on Wednesday ahead of his charity match against rival, 19-time Grand Slam Champion, Rafael Nadal. "It really is very, very special on so many levels", Federer said on court after the match.

The tennis match was hosted by The Roger Federer Foundation and supports educational and athletic programs for children in Africa.

Federer said: "What an unforgettable night: we raised 3.5 million Dollars for the vulnerable children in the region, achieved a world record with more than 51,000 spectators at a tennis match and had so much fun. It's not something you dream about, these things just happen and we are grateful to be part of it".

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer having fun in Cape Town, South Africa.

Federer also revealed that on the day of the exhibition, Nadal told him for the first time that he secretly cried for joy when Federer finally won the French Open in 2009.

"It's an unforgettable evening".

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'We tried our best as always, ' Nadal said. "It was an honour to welcome you to Cape Town", Siya captioned the post.

Before the real Federer vs Nadal clash, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates teamed up with Federer against Nadal and comedian Trevor Noah in a one-set double's match. Therefore, the largest crowd to watch a match in that structure came in 2007 when 25,250 fans saw Roger Federer defeat Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open men's final. Federer was recently the first living Swiss to be engraved on one of the national coins. Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!

Friday's crowd - the biggest ever on record for a tennis match - broke the previous record of 42,517 set in November when Federer played Germany's Alexander Zeverev in another exhibition in Mexico City.

"There's so much anticipation that goes into it that the match itself nearly gets forgotten", said Federer before the match. Give it The schooling and schooling of youngsters will probably be spent in Africa. The time spent here as a kid was unbelievable. "You would go out on the street and never come back for any reason because you have to chase that little tennis ball and chase your dreams".

Tens of thousands of fans showed up early and were ecstatic when Nadal and Federer hit practice balls into the stands.

After their singles clash, one doubles match was on the menu, and it included both guys. "I want to marry Roger", she called. From hereon, every time Nadal won a game, Federer bounced back with his aces and brilliant forehand to take the game, eventually winning the set and the match.

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