Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are at the world tennis center. Tonight in Cape Town they will be the protagonists of Match for Africa 6, a beneficial match which will raise funds for the Roger Federer Foundation's projects, to support the education of African children.
At the Cape Town Stadium everyone expects a new crowd record: in a court that can host up to 50,000 people, Federer and Nadal should be able to write a new attendance record for a single tennis match. The prediction of a new crowd record for a tennis match could exceed that set by the performance between Federer and Zverev in Mexico City in front of over 42,000 people.
Tickets sold out quickly in ten minutes as soon as they went on sale. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Cape Town the best spot for tennis, in a moment when they (and Novak Djokovic) are probably at the height of their popularity, with tennis that is perhaps experiencing the happiest moment in its history in terms crowd, fans, media coverage, business and popularity.
It seems to have gone back in time, when the crowd wanted to see Rene Lacoste or Suzanne Lenglen. Or, more recently, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, or Andre Agassi against Pete Sampras. Federer will come back to his mother's homeland in an unprecedented event; for example we know the history of the 95-year-old who, for the first time he will be able to see the Swiss and Spaniard live.
Federer and Nadal also competed in 2010 for the Match for Africa, in Zurich and Madrid, but this year the media coverage that preceded the challenge lasted months, starting from September 2019, to be precise. In the past months there was a lot of talk about this event, which obviously transcends the sporting context, but that does not forget it, being still Roger Federer vs.
Rafael Nadal. Thus, while the other tennis players involved in the ATP tournaments and the Fed Cup qualifying round, Federer and Nadal will make all the other tennis events forget for an evening, centralizing the attention of the sports world, for a just cause, writing a new record.