Rafael Nadal reportedly accepts invitation to play dream Santiago Bernabeu exhibition event

Rafael Nadal could complete a lifelong dream to play at the Santiago Bernabeu, and it could set a new tennis attendance record.

Reports in Spain claim Nadal has agreed to be part of a series of high profile events designed to celebrate the completion of a major renovation project at the iconic home of Real Madrid.

The football stadium is currently undergoing some major changes, with retractable turf installed as well as some the redevelopment of the surrounding area.

While Rafael Nadal is reportedly all but confirmed to take part, his potential opponent is not yet known.

The report claims that Roger Federer would be the first choice, but if he rejects the offer then approaches will be made to Novak Djokovic instead.

It would seem unlikely that Federer would turn down the offer to be involved, though.

The match would be played on grass – Federer’s favourite surface – and he probably feels he owes Nadal after the Spaniard provided the opposition for the Cape Town exhibition in aid of the Roger Federer Foundation last year.

That match, incidentally, set a new tennis attendance record of 51,954, and The Bernabeu would be keen to break that.

Nadal is a life-long Real Madrid supporter, despite his uncle being a prominent player for fierce rival Barcelona in the 1980s and 90s.

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