When Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal broke world attendance record in Cape Town

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When Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal broke world attendance record in Cape Town

In November 2019, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev played an exhibition match in Mexico City at the stunning Plaza de Toros bullring in front of 42,517, setting the world's record for attendance at a tennis match. No matter how big and attractive it was, the record stayed alive for less than three months, as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal raised the bar to a higher level in Cape Town on Friday 7, 2020, becoming history makers as many times before.

As a part of the Match in Africa 6, Roger and Rafa battled at the Cape Town Stadium before the crowd of 51,954, setting a new world record that will take some beating in the years to come! The first Match in Africa occurred in Zurich in 2010, and Roger and Rafa were the main protagonists.

Two legends gathered a decade later to share their passion for the sport with the people in South Africa, a land of Roger's mother where he had never competed before.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal set the world record in February last year.

Of course, it all happened for a good cause, raising money for the Roger Federer Foundation and gathering Bill Gates and Trevor Noah to share the court with the legends in the doubles clash that served as an introduction for the main action between the 39-time Major champions.

In the end, Federer toppled Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in an hour and 45 minutes, keeping his perfect record in the Match in Africa after beating Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, John Isner and Jack Sock in the encounters between those two against Rafa.

Preparing it for months, both players agreed to play on February 7, finishing their Australian Open duties and gathering in South Africa for one of the most significant sporting events of the entire year. The Swiss won the opening set with an early break, serving well for 6-4 in 38 minutes.

Federer stole the first point on the return with a volley winner at the net and secured another with a quick net rushing for a break and an early lead. Roger fended off a break chance in game eight with a service winner and grabbed the opener with a hold at love at 5-4.

Rafa broke twice at the beginning of the second set to open a 4-1 gap, wasted a set point on the return at 5-2 and closed the set on his serve a few minutes later for 6-3. The Swiss broke early in the third set and fended off a break point in game nine to seal the deal with a half-volley winner that concluded a historical night of tennis in Cape Town.