After Match for Africa 6, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could find themselves facing each other again in a tennis exhibition, but this time with a location as evocative as that in Cape Town: the Santiago Bernabeu, stadium of the Real Madrid CF.
The news came from Defensa Central, a site very close to the club of chairman Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane, winner of 13 UEFA Champions League. Nadal would have responded positively to the invitation of Real Madrid president Perez.
The stadium is currently closed and is undergoing renovations which will propel it into the future. The new stadium will have a pitch and a retractable roof. We must remember that Nadal is a big fan of Real Madrid, and according to the website that launched the news, the Spaniard would like to inaugurate the new facility with a super match against Roger Federer.
If the Swiss Maestro were unavailable, the alternative would be Novak Djokovic. The works on the new stadium should be completed in 2022, so the eventual challenge between the two champions will not take place before that date.
Federer and Nadal
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have clashed 40 times; Nadal leads the heads up 24-16. As in tennis the draw is decided on the basis of the ranking, the top two seeds have the possibility of meeting only in the final and this has meant that most of their challenges (23 out of 40) have been played in tournament finals.
, including nine Grand Slam tournament finals. From 2006 to 2017, the two rivals played four finals at the French Open, three at the Wimbledon Tournament and two at the Australian Open. Nadal won six of those nine finals, losing the first two in Wimbledon and the last in Australia.
Four of these nine finals made it to the fifth set (Wimbledon 2007 and 2008 and Australian Open 2009 and 2017), and the 2008 Wimbledon final was cited by many as the most beautiful and exciting game in tennis history. They also faced each other in 12 Masters Series finals, including a very long final at the Rome Masters in 2006 that lasted over 5 hours and ended with a fifth-set tie break win from Nadal.