51,954 people arrived to watch a charity match between the world's two greatest tennis players, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Spain's Rafal Nadal at the Cape Town Stadium here on Friday.
It will be the sixth instalment of exhibition matches for Federer's foundation.
More than 51 000 people attended Friday's Match in Africa at Cape Town Stadium, and $3,5-million was raised for charity.
While Nadal is also called the "King of Clay" after managing to win the French Open 12 times in his career, Federer had a relatively hard time while playing at the Roland Garros where he has only lifted the title once-back in 2009. The person in charge of sorting out the game was also another very special guest, the captain of the South African rugby team, Siya Kolisi, who also handed Federer a green Springboks jersey while the stadium exploded in cheers.
The comedian, who arrived in the country on Thursday alongside billionaire businessman Bill Gates, has shared a number of posts on social media to get fans geared up for the match.
Living up to his worldwide reputation, funnyman Trevor Noah stole the show during the doubles encounter and Mzansi couldn't get enough of his antics. The doubles match between Federer/Bill Gates and Nadal/Trevor Noah is scheduled for 19:30. Federer is a man with a big and generous heart, that much was clear from the beginning, but after the event was over the emotions came flooding in to fill that void.
"We tried our best as always", Nadal said.
But the main course of the night came, of course, in the end, with the individual confrontation between Nadal and Federer. "It was a great pleasure for me to be a part of it".
The Spaniard and Noah lost their one-set match against Federer and Microsoft co-founder Gates 6-3. "To play against two of the greatest tennis players not just in our lifetime, but possibly of all time, in one of the greatest cities in the world, is truly an experience I don't even think I could fully comprehend and absorb right now", Noah said. He shares an inheritance similar to Federer. This is the world report of spectators in a tennis match. "Hope to see you play live one day".
"Roger's at a disadvantage".
Ultimately, the match showed the true friendship behind the fierce rivalry that began when Federer and Nadal played against each other for the first time on tour at the Miami Open 16 years ago. We are both half Swiss, half South African, so I'm in his head. "We'll see how much more". These are things you dream about-and to do it here in a place where I have my roots, in SA, is handsome. If he (Nadal) catches me, it's fine.