Real Madrid's Bernabeu could stage Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer exhibition

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Real Madrid wish to stage a clash of the titans tennis exhibition between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Spanish news outlet ABC has reported that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has expressed his desire for Bernabeu to host the clash.

In doing so, the Bernabeu will most likely set a world record attendance for tennis. The stadium boasts a capacity of 81,055.

The current tennis attendance record remains at 35,681 when Kim Clijsters beat Serena Williams in 2010 at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

Prior to that, the record was held by the 1973 ‘Battle of the Sexes’ match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at 30,472.

Nadal, fresh off his US Open win at Flushing Meadows, has already stated that he is open to the idea of playing Roger Federer in an exhibition contest.

Nadal clinched his 19th career Grand Slam and his fourth US Open title in a sensational five-set win over Denis Medvedev.

Nadal, after his US Open win, said: "I'm just very happy. This trophy means everything to me today. Personal satisfaction the way that I resisted all these tough moments is very high.

"Just I normally try to hold the emotions, but at the end for all these facts have been impossible today."

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That puts the Spaniard just one Grand Slam title behind Federer, whose most recent major came in Australia last year.

The legendary Swiss was knocked out of the US Open in the quarter-finals to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. His most recent Grand Slam final came in a gruelling five-setter against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon earlier in the summer.

Since Federer’s inaugural Wimbledon title in 2003, Nadal and Federer have scooped up 39 of the 65 available Grand Slam titles.

They have shared the court at nine Grand Slam finals, with Nadal claiming six of those finals, four of which at the French Open.


In the Open Era, Nadal has the most French Open titles whilst Federer can claim the record for the most Wimbledon and US Open crowns.

The two are widely recognised as two of the best players the sport has ever seen. The record between the two is currently split at 24 wins for Nadal and 16 for Federer.

Federer won their most recent encounter at Wimbledon this summer in a four-set victory in the semi-finals.

The 38-year old Swiss veteran has outlined his intentions to continue playing up to his 40th birthday in August, 2021 where he’s certain to meet his old foe down the line.

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