Madrid Open 2021: Rafael Nadal fulfils the dream of a 93-year-old fan- Rafael Nadal might have lost his Madrid Open 2021 quarterfinal against Alexander Zverev but he was a winner off the field. He fulfilled the dream of a 93-year-old. “Today, my grandmother, at 95 years of age, will fulfil her dream of seeing you live,” wrote Carlos Carrizosa, the grandson of the protagonist of this wonderful story in a tweet post.
“She is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and she told me that before she forgets what tennis and you mean to her, she wanted to see you live. I hope that she enjoys this day as much as I’m enjoying it.”
The power of social media witnessed the real interaction of Manuela and 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal. The former was just a few metres away from the Spanish Tennis Maestro in one of the seats of Manolo Santana Stadium.
Madrid Open 2021: Alexander Zverev stuns Rafael Nadal to storm into semifinals
Germany’s Alexander Zverev has stunned World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in straight sets to enter the semifinal of the Madrid Open 2021. It’s the first win on clay against Nadal for Zverev. He defeated the five-time Madrid champion 6-4, 6-4 and moves into the semi-finals.
“It’s definitely one of the biggest wins of my career thus far,” Zverev said in his on-court interview, “especially on clay against Rafa, it’s the toughest thing to do in our sport. Beating him in his house, in Spain, is incredible, but the tournament isn’t over yet, and I’m looking forward to playing Dominic [Thiem], who is another great clay-court player.”
20-Time grand slam champion Nadal’s hopes of becoming the first male player ever to reach 75 Masters 1000 semi-finals were dashed by a phenomenal performance by the German.
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