In November 2019, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev played an exhibition match in Mexico City at the impressive Plaza de Toros in front of 42,517 fans, setting the world record for attendance at a tennis match. The record was held for less than three months, attractive as it was.
Tennis giants Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal raised the bar to a higher level in Cape Town on February 7 last year, writing history books so many times in the last 15 years. As part of Match in Africa 6, Roger and Rafa fought at the Cape Town Stadium in front of a crowd of 51,954, setting a new world record that will be difficult to beat for years to come.
Two legends joined forces a decade after the first game in Africa to share their passion for the sport with the people of South Africa, a land of Roger's mother where he never competed before. Of course, it all happened for a good cause, raising money for the Roger Federer F.
alongside Bill Gates and Trevor Noah, who shared the floor with the legends in the doubles clash. In a singles match between the 39-time Major winners, Federer defeated Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes, maintaining his perfect match record in Africa after previously beating Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, John Isner, and Jack Sock.
In preparing for months, both players agreed to play on February 7 after finishing their duties at the Australian Open, meeting in South Africa for one of the biggest sporting events of the entire year.
Nadal played just seven tournaments
In an old video, when a young Rafael Nadal was quizzed on his favorite surface to play on, he surprisingly did not mention the red dirt.
The young lad, who'd go on to become the "King of Clay," said he preferred to play on grass and indoor hard courts. "I like playing on grass or indoor hard courts more than clay. Although I also like playing on clay."
Nadal also wanted to emulate Carlos Moya, who was one of the top players when he was young. Moya became the first male player from Spain to be ranked number one and won the French Open in 1998. "Carlos Moya is a great player.
I would love to be like him." As the 2021 season is about to end, the focus has shifted towards the upcoming year. It opens with the Australian Open, and players will be involved in certain events prior to the first Grand Slam event of the season. This includes the ATP Cup which has become a prominent event in which top players represent their nations.