Madrid Open 2024 | Rafa Nadal: this was the unforgettable tribute of the Madrid Open that made the whole world cry

Madrid Open 2024 | Rafa Nadal: this was the unforgettable tribute of the Madrid Open that made the whole world cry
Madrid Open 2024 | Rafa Nadal: this was the unforgettable tribute of the Madrid Open that made the whole world cry

If you saw it, you probably cried. Or at least your most intimate fibers moved. Rafael Nadal received an unforgettable tribute on the center court of the Madrid Open after being defeated in the round of 16. From his beginnings, to his titles and the achievements that made him one of the most influential athletes in history, this was the dedication they made to him.

The last points in the Magic Box They were vibrant. Each shot by the Spaniard was experienced with great intensity and each fan diverted their body from him as if that act of reflex helped the ball go in. But the cycle came to an end and it was time to say goodbye to the former No. 1 in the world of tournament that he won five times.

Furthermore, the detail that confirmed that indeed will not play in Madrid again and that this was his last time in the tournament. “It was the last time”He launched.

Nadal lost in the round of 16.

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Sebastian Purgart


Madrid’s tribute to Rafa Nadal

As soon as the Balearic Islands’ defeat was completed, the applause fell from the stands in unison. Of course, not many celebrated the victory of the Czech Lehcka, but rather they recognized Rafa’s last effort and everything he gave to tennis.

The net was removed at Manolo Santana and Nadal settled in the middle of the court to be the protagonist of a unique moment. The titanic music did little to help contain the tearsat the same time that some flags that formed his name and They remembered their most important step through the Masters 1000.

The 37-year-old tennis player managed to hold back his tears, although his glassy eyes gave him away. His sister, María Isabel, was one of those who was most moved when she burst into tears. which was captured by the broadcast for the whole world.

The Manacorí won this tournament five times: 2005, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2017. This return to the Madrid clay was highly anticipated because he has been going through an irregular year in terms of presence. Roland Garros and the Olympic Games already appear on the horizon.

Rafael Nadal’s words at his farewell in Madrid

“Glad. It has been a very special few days for me. I have had the opportunity to play here again, on a track that has given me so much on an emotional and professional level. A few weeks ago I didn’t know if I would be able to compete in an official match again. I have been able to play for two weeks. “It has been unforgettable,” he began by saying.

Nadal said goodbye to Madrid.

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And I add: “It has been an incredible journey. I came for the first time in 2003. The first time I came competitively in 2005 was one of the most exciting victories of my career,” he said on the track.

 
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