'Rafael Nadal is the most beloved player in the tournament', says ATP ace

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'Rafael Nadal is the most beloved player in the tournament', says ATP ace

Nobody better than Rafael Nadal to talk about the Mutua Madrid Open. Once the continuity of the tournament in the Spanish capital was confirmed until 2033, it was the winner of 20 Grand Slams who came out to highlight the importance of this decision for the “white sport” of his country.

The Mallorcan was very happy to have one of the most important Masters 1000 of the season at the “Caja Mágica” in Madrid. "I think we are privileged. There are many places in the world that would pay a lot of money to have a tournament like this, so we must value it, take care of it and be satisfied," acknowledged the 5-time champion of the event.

"The contribution of the city is decisive when it comes to having a tournament of this category in the country. It is true that the city surely makes an effort to make this happen, but the promotional and economic return, the benefit is greater than the contribution because the promotion of the city is very great.

We have to thank Madrid for the support they give and hopefully we can take care of it because we are a world reference tournament", he added. Nadal is the highest historical winner of the tournament, which he won five times in the 2005, 2010, 2013 editions.

2014 and 2017. He also reached the finals in 2009, 2011, and 2015, but unfortunately for his cause he lost the championship game. It should be noted that the champion of the last edition was the German Alexander Zverev, precisely Rafa's executioner in the quarterfinals.

Lopez comments on Rafael Nadal

Keeping the successful run on, the Mutua Madrid Open got a contract extension until 2030 on the ATP Tour. Indeed, it is exciting news for the ATP Masters 1000 series and the clay-court tennis fans.

Subsequently, the tournament director, Feliciano Lopez, is now looking forward to welcoming Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the event’s 20th edition. This year, Rafael Nadal lost in the Madrid Open quarterfinals to the eventual winner Alexander Zverev.

Unfortunately, Nadal worsened his foot injury during the strenuous clay season and the match against Jack Sock in the Citi Open. After that, he decided to not play in the 2021 season, but come back stronger in 2022. “We hope to see Rafa (Nadal) in the next edition.

He is still young and has shown that he can overcome injuries,” Lopez said. “He will be welcome because he is the most beloved player in the tournament”. (All quotes are translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate).