Rafael Nadal will spend his birthday glued to the television in Paris, hoping Real Madrid can give him the perfect present in the Champions League final.
Nadal turns 30 on Saturday and will have a rest day after cruising through his third round clash at the French Open with a stunning 6-0 6-1 6-0 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.
His sensational victory amid thunderstorms at Roland Garros means he will be able to relax and enjoy his birthday – when not required on the practice courts – and, more importantly, follow his beloved Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane’s side face Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff and Nadal has already blocked out his calendar to ensure he does not miss a single kick.
“Tomorrow is a special day because it is my birthday, it is good news to have another birthday here,” he said in his on-court interview.
“And tomorrow at 2045 (local time) I’m going to be in front of the TV for sure, supporting my team.
“I hope Real Madrid win another title, but it’s going to be tough.”
Nadal will not be able to celebrate too much should Madrid win, though, given he will face fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round on Sunday.
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