associate sponsors


Champions League final: Rafael Nadal wants Real Madrid European glory as birthday present

Paris: Rafael Nadal will briefly step back from his assault on a 10th French Open title to support his beloved Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final against Juventus.

The Spaniard stormed into the last 16 at Roland Garros on Friday, thrashing Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 for his most lopsided Grand Slam victory.

Nadal turns 31 on Saturday and while he admitted he wasn't asking for any particular gifts, the 14-time Grand Slam winner would love to see Real claim another European title.

Spain's Rafael Nadal waves after defeating Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 2, 2017 in Paris. Nadal won 6-0, 6-1, 6-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd after defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili at Roland Garros. AP

"Tomorrow at 8.45 I'm going to be in front of the TV for sure supporting my team, hoping that Real Madrid will win another time," said Nadal.

"Very close match. It's obvious that anything could happen. Juve I think only conceded three goals in the whole Champions League. Going to be so difficult.

"And Madrid probably one of the teams with the most potential to score goals."

Eleven-time winners Real are seeking to become the first team in the Champions League era to defend their title, but Nadal predicts it being a tough road back for Zinedine Zidane's side if they fall behind in Cardiff.

"I think for Madrid it will be so important to score before than Juve, because defensively Juve is so strong. So if Juve scores before, then it's gonna be tough."

Nadal will return to action on Sunday when he faces compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, the 17th seed, for a place in the quarter-finals.

Updated Date: Jun 02, 2017 21:29 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See