New attendance world record: Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev match sets milestone in Mexico City

Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer

More than 42,000 packed Mexico City’s Plaza de Toros as Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev set a new attendance world record for a tennis match.

According to broadcaster ESPN, 42,517 people attended Saturday evening’s event, dubbed “The Greatest Match”, at the bullring with 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer coming out on top of teh 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 result.

The previous record of 35,681 was set in 2010 when Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams met in an exhibition match in Brussels, Belgium.

American doubles greats Bob and Mike Bryan were also in action as they took on Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes Varela and Santiago Gonzalez.

Federer is hoping to go even bigger as he has pencilled in an exhibition match with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town, South Africa, in February next year with the hope of attracting more than 50,000 people to the Cape Town Stadium.

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