He left in less than 10 minutes! 48,000 Nadal v Federer tickets

JOHANNESBURG: South African tennis Fans bought 48,000 tickets in less than 10 minutes on Wednesday for an exhibition game in Cape Town next February between world superstars Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer .

The game at the Cape Town Stadium, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is set to break the attendance record of 35,681 for a tennis match set by Kim Clijsters & Serena Williams in 2010 in Brussels.

A spokeswoman for the organisers of the Cape Town match said the tickets were snapped up online & at ticket outlets.

"We are overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reaction on our ticket sales & we sincerely thank you for the overwhelming support," said Janine Handel, chief executive of the Roger Federer Foundation.

"Lines were opened up by (online ticket sellers) Computicket at 0900 & within a record time of fewer than 10 minutes the tickets were sold."

Handel said organizers would consider building additional stands to serve some of those who couldn't buy tickets on Wednesday.

Prices ranged from 150 to 1950 rand ($10 to 130/9 to 119 euros) & buyers were restricted to a maximum of six for the February 7 exhibition.

Spaniard Nadal is ranked second in the world & Swiss Federer third with Serbian Novak Djokovic number one.