The director of the Madrid Masters, Feliciano López, has revealed that Rafael Nadal has asked that the tournament not play alongside Real Madrid against Manchester City. Nadal, seeded No. 3, was exempt from the first round in Madrid.
On Wednesday, Nadal is expected to kick off his campaign in Madrid. At 9:00 p.m. local time, Real Madrid will face Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals. Nadal is a big fan of Real Madrid and he doesn’t want to miss the big game of his favorite football club.
“Rafa likes to play during the day in Madrid, because the ball bounces higher, and with the Champions League semi-final he asked us not to play at the same time as the game,” Lopez was quoted as saying by We. I love tennis.
Nadal could face Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals in Madrid
Spanish fans are eager to see Alcaraz in Madrid and all tennis fans in Spain are hoping that Alcaraz will face Nadal in the quarterfinals.
Alcaraz is a special talent and Lopez admits that he brings a certain level of excitement. . “I really enjoy watching Alcaraz play. He has an incredible charisma, a way of playing that attracts attention, that creates fans.
He is also trained by a very good friend of mine, Juan Carlos Ferrero, with whom I have experienced many things since I was twelve years old. I was very excited about it,” Lopez said.
Last year, Alcaraz suffered a straight-set loss to Nadal in the second round of the Madrid tournament. However, Alcaraz is now a much better player and recently pushed Nadal into a three-set match in Indian Wells.
“Last year he debuted against Rafa on his birthday. A very difficult day,” he said. “Sometimes we don’t realize how difficult it is for kids so young to deal with all this pressure and expectations. I love seeing young people succeed.”