Thousands of fans showed up for an exhibition in Colombia's capital pitting Swiss tennis great Roger Federer against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The 14,000 fans who turned out for the match Saturday filled Bogota's El Campin Colisseum with deafening noise, endless applause and chants of "Roger, Roger!"
Fans of Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner considered by many the greatest player of all time, responded to each perfect serve and unhittable shot by the Swiss great with an ovation, giving the exhibition the feel of a championship match.
Federer, who won the match 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, urged the crowd during the last set to do the wave, and he did some imitations of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, walking like the Serbian and bouncing the ball multiple times before serving, all to the delight of the crowd.
Organizers presented Federer and Tsonga with a traditional wayuu backpack and a typical hat as symbols of Colombia.
"I am leaving very happy at having been in Colombia," Tsonga said.
"Many thanks to everyone for having participated in this event, it was an experience that touched my heart and I expect to repeat it in the future," Federer said to thunderous applause. EFE