The sixth edition of The Match in Africa is off to a thrilling start at the Cape Town Stadium in front of the record-breaking crowd, with Roger Federer and Bill Gates beating Rafael Nadal and Trevor Noah 6-3. It was the third time that Federer and Gates share the court in The Match in Africa and their third victory, scoring the decisive break in the eighth game on Noah's serve and sealing the deal a few minutes later with a comfortable hold from the Swiss star.
Playing in front of the people in his mother's land for the first time, Federer was very emotional during the opening ceremony, praising South Africa and recalling the time he spent in this beautiful country as a child.
Returning to Cape Town for the first time in two decades, the Swiss made a winning start with his "experienced" doubles partner, prevailing in what was a thrilling set of tennis that kept the crowd entertained from start to finish.
Trevor Noah was the leading figure on the court, throwing many jokes and chasing every ball while trying to keep his team in contention. In the end, it wasn't enough to end the reign of Federer and Gates but they all had a blast on the court, appreciating every single point and spreading positive energy throughout the tennis world.
Roger and Rafa held in the opening games, with Noah closing the second game with a smash winner, followed by an excellent volley exchange between the 39-time Major champions at the net in the next game. Bill Gates and Trevor Noah managed to keep serve as well, followed by more good holds from Federer and Nadal to stay locked at 3-3.
Gates made a crucial hold in the seventh game, with hi and Roger breaking Noah a few minutes later to gain the advantage, with Federer sealing the deal at 5-3 to deliver the victory for his team.