Rafael Nadal kicks off the proceedings at the Santiago Bernabeu as Carlos Alcaraz watches Real Madrid win the La Liga title

Rafael Nadal gets honoured by the Real Madrid Football Club who ask the tennis great to kick-off their match against Espanyol as Carlos Alcaraz watches from stands.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz

Rafael Nadal is returning to tennis action after recovery from the rib injury which sidelined Rafa from both the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters and the 2022 Barcelona Open. Nadal hopes for a good run in Madrid, in front of the home crowd in his preparations ahead of the 2022 French Open.

It is no secret that Rafa is a fan of the Spanish giants Real Madrid Football Club and is often spotted in the stands supporting the club. With the football club one win away from winning the league title for this year, Rafa attended the match in the Santiago Bernabeu, the home stadium of Real Madrid. Nadal had been given the special honour by the club to kick-off the ball to start the match, something not many athletes get.

Carlos Alcaraz was also present for the occasion. He has been on a roll as he arrived in Madrid after successfully conquering the Barcelona Open title. He lost to Rafa in the semifinals of Indian Wells and then he went on to win the Miami Masters. He also entered the ATP top 10 emulating his idol Nadal in exactly the same manner after the title victory in Barcelona.

It looks like Alcaraz has picked up another habit of his childhood idol as he was spotted in the stadium. Upon Alcaraz’s historic victory in the Miami Masters, the football club had wished him on Twitter. It was a successful outing for both tennis players as they were able to see Real Madrid defeat Catalan club Espanyol with a 4-0 thumping to win their record-extending 35th league title.

A fiesta in Madrid as a possible Rafael Nadal vs Carlos Alcaraz clash awaits

Alcaraz, Nadal
Alcaraz, Nadal showdown ?

One of the best Spanish athletes in history gets excited when he hears an ovation from the fans of Real Madrid. Rafael Nadal is one the most iconic figures in tennis and among the most loved and inspiring athletes in any sport. Nadal is present in Madrid for the Madrid Masters tournament to get in fighting shape for the French Open.

Alcaraz and Nadal are in the same part of the draw of the Madrid Masters, and could potentially clash in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Alcaraz too is in the running for a great performance in the French Open. Fans would be hoping for a rematch as the rising star will meet his idol once again and it will be a blockbuster of a match.

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