Rafael Nadal will be taking his mind off tennis for few hours in order to support his beloved Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus. We all know how madly Nadal is in love with Real Madrid. He said he would be in front of his TV to support his favourite side but is aware of the defensive quality of the opponent.

The claycourt master stormed into the last 16 at Roland Garros on Friday, thrashing Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 for his most lopsided Grand Slam victory. It seemed as though it was walk in the park for him. There was not much resistance from the opponent.

Nadal’s bday is today (Saturday) and he turns 31. He admitted he wasn’t asking for any particular gifts, the 14-time Grand Slam winner would love to see Real claim another European title.

Nadal said, “Tomorrow at 8.45 I’m going to be in front of the TV for sure supporting my team, hoping that Real Madrid will win another time. Very close match. It’s obvious that anything could happen. Juve I think only conceded three goals in the whole Champions League. Going to be so difficult. And Madrid probably one of the teams with the most potential to score goals.”

Eleven-time winners Real are looking to become the first team in the Champions League era to defend their title, but Nadal predicts it being a tough road back for Zinedine Zidane’s side if they fall behind in Cardiff.

“I think for Madrid it will be so important to score before than Juve, because defensively Juve is so strong. So if Juve scores before, then it’s gonna be tough.”

Nadal will return to action on Sunday when he faces compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, the 17th seed, for a place in the quarter-finals.