WATCH: When Roger Federer Broke World Record of Attendance Not Once But Twice

Published 01/11/2021, 12:00 PM EST
Roger Federer during a match against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


The name Roger Federer is credited with many great records in his career spanning more than two decades. Among them, one record that stands apart is the world record attendance in a tennis match.

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Unquestionably, Federer is one of the most famous global icons in the world, and this record is testimony to that. Also, his relationship with tennis fans has been an example for athletes in all sports.

But since tennis has to make do with a relatively smaller crowd as compared to other sports, this record becomes even more special. The 20 Majors champion did not just break the standing record, but then followed it up by besting his own record the very next year.

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QUITO, ECUADOR – NOVEMBER 24: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Alexander Zverev of Germany wave to fans during an exhibition match between Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev at Mitad del Mundo on November 24, 2019, in Quito, Ecuador. (Photo by Agencia Press South/Getty Images)

To promote tennis and give his worldwide fans a chance to see him play, Roger took a tour himself. To host the superstar, a bull ring named Plaza de Toros in Mexico was transformed into a tennis court.

Alongside the Swiss maestro traveled German talent Alexander Zverev. In their match, 42,517 fans cheered for Federer. It even broke the attendance record of the 2010 Battle of Belgium between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters (35,681).

Roger defeated Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev 3-6, 6-4, and 6-2. But for both of them, the red velvet night in Mexico City will remain special.

The 18-time ATP Fan Favorite, Federer, shared the monumental achievement with the fans present.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland during the Match in Africa between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on February 07, 2020, in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Earlier last year, the two great frenemies of tennis, Federer and Rafael Nadal, came together for a cause. For the Roger Federer Foundation, the Basel-born organized the ‘Match in Africa’.

While it raised $3.5 million for the underprivileged children of Africa, it also broke the record Federer had set in Mexico. An astounding 51,954 people attended this event. Of course, the Spaniard had a part to play in that as well.

Along with the Swiss-Spanish pair, American billionaire Bill Gates and comedian Trevor Noah participated in the match too. The 39-year-old thanked all of them with a heartfelt video.

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Watch the epic battle of FEDAL that made the new record possible.

If anybody can break this record, it is most probably going to be Federer again. Tennis fans are always looking forward to seeing the Swiss maestro put his magnificence on display. Until it breaks again, the record is well and safe in Roger’s hands.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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