World No. 3 Roger Federer underlined that The Match in Africa was more than just a tennis match for him as playing in South Africa meant a lot to him. Federer, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, defeated world No. 2 Rafael Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-3 in a charity match which took place in Cape Town.
Federer's mother was born in South Africa and the Swiss didn't want to finish his career without a match played in the country which he was visiting as a kid. "The first time here in Cape Town, in South Africa, means so much more than just tennis," Federer said, per the AFP.
"The time spent here as a kid was amazing. You would go on the road and you never come back for some reason because you've gotta chase that little tennis ball and you've gotta chase your dreams." 51,954 spectators were in the attendance at Cape Town Stadium and the record for the largest tennis crowd was broken on Friday in South Africa.
The charity match -- organized by the Roger Federer Foundation -- raised $3,5 million. "There's so much anticipation that goes into it that the match itself almost gets forgotten," Federer said.