The charity exhibition "Match in Africa" in Cape Town delivered yet another record to Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, who played an exhibition match in front of 51,954 spectators. The record of 42,517 payers in Mexico City last November was beaten, with Roger always the protagonist.
The match was organized by the Roger Federer Foundation: the proceeds, of approximately 3.5 million dollars, will be used to finance school projects in the poorest areas of Africa. Roger is very close to these countries, being his mother Lynette originally from South Africa.
In a recent interview, the Swiss Maestro discussed the topic of tourism in South Africa: “Above all, you have to take your time. I would not only travel to South Africa, but also try to visit countries like Namibia, Botswana or Zimbabwe.
Sure, you can’t miss a safari, it’s unique. And Cape Town has long been a global hotspot. We also want to visit the vineyards. Incidentally, I’ve never been to Table Mountain . It is a must, so I keep it as a good reason to come back here soon" - Federer explained.
At the Australian Open in Melbourne, he reached the semifinals after straight sets wins over Steve Johnson and Filip Krajinović, a five-set win over John Millman, four-set win over Márton Fucsovics, and a five-set win over Tennys Sandgren.
Federer then lost his semifinal match to Djokovic in straight sets. The 38-year-old is still ranked third in the world behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, reaching the latter stages at notable events and fighting for Masters 1000 and Major titles despite being among the oldest active players left on the Tour.