Nadal gets standing ovation at Real Madrid game

Madrid: New US Open tennis champion Rafa Nadal was given a standing ovation by Real Madrid fans when he strolled out on to the Bernabeu pitch before their Champions League match against Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.

The Spanish world number one, a shareholder in Real Mallorca in his native Balearic Islands and a passionate Real Madrid fan, paused in the centre circle to watch footage of him lifting the trophy in New York on Monday on a big screen.

Wearing a dark suit and white shirt, he posed for photos before heading up to his seat to watch the Group G match.

The 24-year-old arrived in the Spanish capital on Wednesday morning after becoming only the seventh man to win all four grand slams and following a whirlwind round of public events and television appearances.

Bureau Report