Real Madrid Plan To Stage Rafael Nadal Vs. Roger Federer At Bernabeu
Real Madrid want to stage a mega tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the iconic Santiago Bernabeu.
Club president Florentino Perez hopes to deliver the tennis clash at Real Madrid, and he's told senior officials that he wants to host the game at their ground and set a world record attendance for the sport, per Spanish outlet ABC.
The venue boasts a capacity of 81,055 which would be a record for a tennis match.
The current record stands at 35,681 when Kim Clijsters beat Serena Williams in an exhibition bout at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Belgium.
Nadal has already been informed about the idea and is open to playing Federer at the home of the 13-time European champions.
While a Bernabeu clash won't be for a Grand Slam, such match-up at a historical venue would be a fitting end to two of the greatest the sport has ever seen.
The Spanish legend, 33, recently won his 19th career Grand Slam after beating Denis Medvedev in a grueling five-set match to win the US Open.
He's now just one major title away from the Swiss ace whose 20 Grand Slams to his name.
Speaking after the match, Nadal said: "I'm just very happy. This trophy means everything to me today. Personal satisfaction the way that I resisted all these tough moments is very high.
"Just I normally try to hold the emotions, but at the end for all these facts have been impossible today."
:flag_ch: Roger Federer & Rafa Nadal :flag_es:
What happened when these two greats of the game paired together in a doubles match?https://t.co/6ASIJVKGTP
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Federer, meanwhile, was knocked out of the US Open in the quarter-finals to Grigor Dimitrov. He also suffered heartbreak at Wimbledon, losing a five-set final to Novak Djokovic who secured his 16th Grand Slam in London.
The 38-year-old will continue playing for another two years amid his Grand Slam battle with rival Nadal.