Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz were spotted at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday watching Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.
Madrid scored twice in the final six minutes to force extra time, where Karim Benzema’s penalty knocked the England side out of the competition.
Djokovic, Nadal and Alcaraz all witnessed Madrid’s sensational return to the second leg, hours after opening their respective Madrid Masters campaigns with victories. All three won in straight sets, with world number one Djokovic beating Gael Monfils, Nadal knocking out Miomir Kecmanovic and Alcaraz ousting Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Three-time Madrid champion Djokovic next takes on old foe Andy Murray while five-time champion Nadal takes on David Goffin. Alcaraz will face Cameron Norrie ahead of an eventual blockbuster quarter-final with Nadal.
With the three players placed in the same half of the table, Djokovic could meet Alcaraz or Nadal in the last four.
How have Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz behaved this year?
Rafael Nadal has made a flying start to his 2022 campaign, winning 21 out of 22 games so far. He won titles in Melbourne, Acapulco and the Australian Open to record a 20-0 start to the season. His unbeaten streak was finally snapped by American Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final.
The Spaniard was sidelined for over a month with a rib injury but returned to competitive tennis with a straight-sets win over Kecmanovic to advance to the third round in Madrid.
Meanwhile, Alcaraz (24-3) also had a torrid start to the year. On either side of the ATP 500 titles in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona, he won his first Masters 1000 crown in Miami. His triumph at Barcelona made the 18-year-old the youngest top-10 debutant in almost two decades (since Nadal in 2005).
Djokovic, on the other hand, enjoyed a much quieter start to the campaign. He was not allowed to defend his Australian Open title and was ruled out of events in the United States due to his vaccination status.
Making his season debut in Dubai, he reached the quarter-finals where he lost to Jiri Vesely. He then suffered a shock second-round loss to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in Monte Carlo.
Djokovic won three games in his next stop in Belgrade but lost to Andrey Rublev in the final.