Rafael Nadal has revealed that he intends to play Casper Ruud in a rematch of the French Open final when he resumes playing in November. Before the end of the year, the duo will take part in an exhibition tour in South America. They will engage in five games and play the opening match of the series in Buenos Aires, Argentina, starting November 23.

The news was made public by Casper Ruud, who also posted a video of their conversation on Instagram. In the clip, the 23-year-old can be seen calling for a retaliatory match against Rafael Nadal and the Spaniard responds by saying:

“Let me think … Ok, I know what we can do. We can play a game in Buenos Aires. I’ll give you the [chance for] revenge there and if you win; I’ll offer you a barbecue … “said Rafael Nadal.

“You know what? I’ll give you 5 matches to get revenge: one in Buenos Aires, another in Bogota, another in Quito, another in Belo Horizonte and another in Ciudad de Mexico. Are they enough for you?” He added.

In view of this, tennis fans flocked to Twitter to express their views on the event. One user hilariously teased the couple by joking that if they were actors, they would be out of work and he wrote:

“It’s good that these guys have been successful in tennis because they would be out of work if they were actors.”

Another user praised Casper Ruud for being able to communicate with Rafael Nadal in Spanish and he wrote:

“The wonderful Casper can converse with Rafa in Spanish because that’s what Rafa is comfortable with. They click a lot of levels. How cool.”

@donjavi_tv The wonderful Casper can converse with Rafa in Spanish as that’s what Rafa is comfortable with.

They click on many levels. How wonderful.

@donjavi_tv The wonderful Casper can converse with Rafa in Spanish as that’s what Rafa is comfortable with. They click on many levels. How wonderful.

Here are some other reactions:

I have no idea Casper speaks Spanish, I wonder if he learned it because he’s a huge Rafa fan since he was a kid 🥺 twitter.com/donjavi_tv/sta…

WAIT i just realized he finally said ciudad de mexico 😭😭😭 i didn’t get it the first time with spanish accent but omg twitter.com/donjavi_tv/sta…


“It’s hard not to get excited” – Rafael Nadal on Roger Federer’s retirement

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Laver Cup 2022 – First day

Roger Federer retired after the conclusion of the 2022 Laver Cup. Federer and Nadal competed in a doubles match against Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, missing 4-6, 7-6 (2) and 11-9.

A tearful farewell was held after the game, with Nadal and Federer holding hands at one point. The Spaniard later admitted he was sensitive and said it was hard not to get excited after everything that happened that night.

“I’m a sensitive person, when you see someone you appreciate saying goodbye it’s hard not to get excited. It was hard not to happen because of everything that went through that night,” said Nadal.


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