The Swiss Roger Federer, number 3 in the ATP ranking, and the German Alexander Zverev -seventh- met in Mexico City and set a world attendance record for a tennis match.
According to the organizers, 42,517 fans witnessed this exhibition match held on a field set up inside the Plaza de Toros México.
Federer took the victory in this confrontation called “The Greatest Match” in three sets with partial 3-6, 6-4 and 6-2 in one hour and 30 minutes.
The fans that filled the square gave themselves completely to Federer from the beginning of the evening with songs and ovations; the Swiss responded with affectionate gestures and interactions with the tribune, even giving a child his racket.
“They are an incredible hobby, I felt chills with their support, I cannot thank them enough,” Federer said at the end of the match. “It was a mistake to let 23 years go by without coming to Mexico.”
For his part, Zverev was also applauded because he went out to warm up with a shirt of the Mexican national team with the number 8, and then because of the resistance he put up on the court, in addition to encouraging the game by collaborating to show off Federer with the people.
“I will never forget tonight, they have given me one of the best days of my life,” said Zverev.
To install the eight-ton hard surface court in the Plaza México arena, it was necessary to level the soil with 175 cubic meters of clay. To place it took 160 hours while the disassembly will require only 10 hours.
In the preliminary doubles match, the Mexican team formed by Santiago González and Miguel Reyes beat the couple formed by brothers Mike and Bob Bryan in three sets with cards of 6-3, 4-6 and 10-2.
The match in Mexico was the fourth in Federer and Zverev’s five-stop exhibition tour of Latin America.
On Tuesday Federer beat Zverev 6-3, 4-6 and 6-4 in Santiago de Chile. Instead, a day later ‘Sascha’ beat ‘His Majesty’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina 7-6 (7/3) and 7-6 (7/2).
Friday’s confrontation in Bogotá was called off by a curfew in the Colombian capital. This exhibition tour will culminate on Sunday in Quito, Ecuador. AFP