As a curtain-raiser to the main event of the evening, fans were treated to a celebrity pro doubles match between Roger Federer/Bill Gates and Rafael Nadal/Trevor Noah. Photo: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)

CAPE TOWN – Not only did the ‘Match in Africa’ exceed its target of raising $1 million for the Roger Federer Foundation by a whopping $3.5 million… it also set a new Guinness World Record by congregating 51,954 souls in attendance at a single tennis match.

The venue: the iconic Cape Town Stadium – host of the annual Cape Town Rugby Sevens – though this time on a blustery, ‘Cape Doctor’ wind-swept Friday night.

Sure, “looks at de scoreboard” a now famous, unnamed Afrikaans rugby commentator once said… in this case Federer beat his friend and rival-on-the-night Rafael Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-3 in an entertaining three-set extravaganza. But on the night, tennis and more importantly, South Africa… amid these local dark, economic and politically volatile days, was the ultimate winner.

This is how social medial responded:

First up, host Roger Federer had this short post on twitter to say:

Comedian and host of the US based Daily Show, Trevor Noah said:


IOL Sport's Ashfak Mohamed reported from the post-match presser:

IOL Sport scribe Stuart Hess wrote:

One more from Trevor Noah, this time on twitter:

Broadcaster Supersport posted:

@blitzbokke7s shared this video by Phando Jikelo of Federer meeting fans at the Grand Parade:

@DoubleFault28 shared these two gems from Nadal and Federer:

The ATP Tour posted:

@b_bierbaum caught this video of the record-breaking stadium crowd:

Our compatriots from way 'Down Under' posted:

Michael Jansen


IOL Sport

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