Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the presence of 51,954 spectators in Cape Town on February 7.
The match in South Africa is the sixth Federer faces Nadal at “Match for Africa” - a fundraising event to support disadvantaged children in Africa. With the witness of 51,954 spectators, the heroic call on 7/2 set a record for the number of people who came to the track.
The old record belonged to the match between Federer and Alexander Zverev at the Plaza de Toros in Mexico in late November 2019, when 42,517 spectators participated.
This year’s event raised $3.5 million for Federer’s charity, the most since “Match for Africa” was born in 2010. Ratios 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 are identical The result between Federer and Nadal at “Match for Africa” 10 years ago.
Winning or losing is not an important issue in a meaningful battle in Cape Town. Federer and Nadal offer many beautiful balls, true to the brand of two players.
Federer had planned the event in Cape Town two years ago. South Africa is also where his mother – Mrs. Lynette Federer – was born. All “Match for Africa” tickets sold out in just 10 minutes, from last year. For the past 16 years, Federer’s fund has helped 1.5 million poor children with more than US $ 52 million.
Before the single battle, Federer and Nadal also played a set of men’s doubles matches. Federer partnered with US billionaire Bill Gates, confronting Nadal and host Trevor Noah on the other side of the net.
The pair Federer and Bill Gates won 6-3, in a match that saw many funny balls of the two racquets. This is not the first time billionaire Bill Gates has partnered with Federer to raise funds for charity. He attended this event in 2017 and 2018.