'Rafael Nadal On Bernabeu? Why Not!' Says World No. 1

Rafael Nadal on the Bernabéu? Why not!’ says world no. 1

Thanks to Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal, Spain has two players in the top-3 of the ATP ranking. Alcaraz and Nadal have been the players of the season so far, winning three out of four Majors and writing history. Alcaraz, the US Open champion, became world no.

1 and the seventh youngest Major winner in the Open era, leaving all rivals behind and posting outstanding records. Carlos has played Rafa twice this year and would love to see the legend again, this time at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Alcaraz understands that he is probably booked for the Nadal vs. Federer at some point in the future, although he would love to face his great compatriot in his capital. Rafa and Carlos met for the first time in March in the Indian Wells semi-final.

They pushed themselves to the limit for three hours and 12 minutes before Nadal prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to extend his winning streak and reach the final.

Carlos Alcaraz would love to face Rafael Nadal in Madrid.

Nadal won just two more points than Alcaraz and converted six breaks in 21 chances.

A teenager gave up five breaks from 14 chances, which weren’t enough to score a win and stay on the title course. Rafa and Carlos gave their best in the windy conditions, producing impressive shots and keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats.

The rivals stayed neck-and-neck in the shorter and more advanced rallies, with Rafa making the crucial difference with a single break in the decider to advance to the 53rd Masters 1000 final. Carlos remained competitive after the first set, scoring a break at 4-4 in the second set.

The youngster held on after deuces in game ten to close out the set and force a decider after two hours and 21 minutes. Nadal struggled with a rib injury but refused to give up. The more experienced player broke at 4-3 in the final set with a volley winner at the net and stayed in love with a service winner in the next to advance to the final.

In May, the youngster took revenge against the Madrid crowd by beating the king of clay 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in two hours and 28 minutes. Nadal was six weeks without playing, and Alcaraz made the most of it. A teenager dominated in sets one and three to move on to the semi-final and set up the clash against Novak Djokovic.

Carlos defended six of nine break points and secured four breaks that carried him forward. Alcaraz hit 37 winners and started from set number three to topple the king of clay and remain in the title field.

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