Rafael Nadal, who qualified for the Roland-Garros quarterfinals on Sunday after winning five sets against Félix Auger-Aliassime, went to Saint-Denis on Saturday night to take part in the Champions League final. A supporter of Real Madrid also had trouble getting to the Stade de France.
Real Madrid fan Rafael Nadal broke the recovery on Saturday by heading to the Stade de France for the Champions League final between his favorite club and Liverpool. In the fight for the 14th title at Roland-Garros, the Spaniard testified to his problems getting into the Saint-Denis paddock.
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“People from the organization knew me and helped me”
Rafael Nadal is stuck on the highway in traffic jams. “I had trouble getting to the stadium,” he told a press conference on Sunday after winning five sets against Felix Auger-Aliassime. I had to get out of the car on the highway and finish on foot. “
“Otherwise I wouldn’t have made it in time because the car that drove me didn’t arrive at the parking lot (stadium) until 22:15. But I got there on foot, it was easier than I thought. People from the organization knew me and helped me, “On the other hand, the exit was easy: the car was waiting for me in the basement in the parking lot, we got out quickly and I was in my room at 00:20,” the playing Mallorcan continued, his eighth finals late Sunday afternoon.
Nadal spun before the celebration of Real Madrid
Rafael Nadal, facing Auger-Aliassimo, gave up the first set, perhaps a little nervous or even physically numb with his trip to Saint-Denis. Nevertheless, he will keep good memories of his evening. “Unfortunately I couldn’t see the celebration, but it was a great moment for me to see my first Champions League final in real life and with a victory (Real),” he concluded.
The match at the top of European football, in which Real Madrid won over Liverpool (1: 0), began with a delay of more than 30 minutes due to scenes of chaos in front of the stadium due to the influx of tens of thousands of fans and attempts to penetrate.
Rafael Nadal is now waiting for his quarterfinal program at Roland-Garros. This Tuesday he will find his age-old rival Novak Djokovic, who defeated him last year in the legendary semifinal. Fans could witness a new historic moment. “Every match can be the last,” joked mysteriously Nadal, who is still struggling with leg pain.