French football icon Zinedine Zidane is back at Roland-Garros, 17 years after handing Rafael Nadal his first of 13 trophies in Paris. The World Cup winner is a Rafa fan but also discusses the up-and-coming generation, spearheaded by Carlos Alcaraz.
While Rafa did not get to converse with Zidane, he was aware of the Frenchman’s presence as the record 21-time grand slam winner outlined his plans to make the short trip to support Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid.
“I didn’t see him, but I knew it was him, I knew he was there because I was listening to the crowd shouting his name all the time,” Rafa said when asked about Zidane.
“So I imagine he was there, but I didn’t have the chance to see him after my match or talk with him at all. Tomorrow, let’s see how I wake up, because, you never know with my body how the surprises are there. But if nothing happens, and I expect nothing happens, and if I’m able to have the right practice tomorrow, my intention and my goal is to be there [at the Stade de France to support Real Madrid in the Champions League final against Liverpool].”