‘My First Champions League Final’ – Rafael Nadal Thanks Real Madrid and UEFA for Inviting Him

Published 05/31/2022, 2:27 AM EDT

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Last week, Real Madrid scripted a fairytale ending to their Champions League campaign. The Spanish club won their 14th Champions League title, defeating Liverpool 1-0. Many celebrities across the globe were in attendance at Stade de France to witness the soccer match. Among them were Spanish tennis stars, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz.

The two are huge fans of Real Madrid and have previously expressed their love for the club. After his fourth-round victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime, Nadal talked about his emotions during the final.


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During the post-match press conference, Nadal was asked whether he went to bed late after attending the final between Real Madrid and Liverpool. He said, “Not late, because I was lucky to go out. I enjoyed the fact that I was able to be in my first Champions League final in my life, and my team won, no?”


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Further, he added, “So have been a happy night, without a doubt. Even if was tough to get there, honestly. But I enjoyed. Have been one of the most crazy titles in terms of one team winning a Champions League, the way that they achieved this title is just I think unforgettable, because every match Real Madrid played have been something special.”

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Talking about Real Madrid’s journey in the tournament, Nadal said, “Comebacks, very tough moments, and even yesterday Courtois was amazing, and I was not able to see the celebration, honestly, because unfortunately with the half an hour delay, I thought that was the right moment to go to the bed after the end of the match. So unfortunately I was not able for the celebration, but I feel super lucky that I was able to enjoy a final like this, so I just thank Real Madrid and the UEFA for inviting me and my family.”


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Later today, the Spaniard will face World Number 1, Novak Djokovic, for a place in the Roland Garros semifinals. With Djokovic finding form at the right time, it will be interesting to see how he fares against the ‘King of Clay’.


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Meanwhile, Nadal will look to avenge his semifinal defeat against Djokovic in last year’s tournament. Further, Djokovic went onto lift the Musketeers’ cup as he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.



Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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