Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal one last time in Madrid

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Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal one last time in Madrid

According a ESPN reports, Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal in Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid. For one last time. Roger Federer will leave tennis played at the end of the next Lever Cup, and tennis has actually stopped since that video announcement to celebrate one of the greatest ever.

Perhaps, the greatest ever. But Roger Federer is not just a sum of talent, charisma and victories. The Basel phenomenon is also a concentrate of stories, like every character. And in all this Rafa Nadal has a central role, absolutely essential.

The rivalry that has brought tennis, by arrogance, into the new millennium. The numbers speak for themselves, with those 40 round matches, 24 in favor of the Majorcan, but the last one who smiled at Roger, in the Wilbledon semifinal of 2019.

Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal one last time in Madrid

In all 24 finals, 10 in the Grand Slam. An endless novel, which deserves a final chapter, not so far in time, when tennis still did not know the pandemic nightmare, and a reshuffling of calendars that has complicated everything.

Hence the idea: one last performance, in Madrid, in front of 80,000 people. At the Santiago Bernabeu. The monumental stadium of Real, the most successful football team in the world, the one that has marked all the eras of European and world football, since its foundation.

Of course, it will take a few more weeks. The Bernabeu is undergoing renovations, 525 million euros in three years with a target of completion of works not yet met, August 2022, due to the conflict in Ukraine which slowed the supply of materials.

The two, meanwhile, will meet again at the Lever Cup, as teammates. Then, in Madrid, it could be the last time to find them facing each other. Roger Federer's retirement follows that of another great star of world tennis: Serena Williams. The US bade its farewell to the Game at the US Open 2022, in front of the beloved crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.