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Rafael Nadal Bids Farewell to Madrid Open After Fourth-Round Loss

Five-Time Champion Leaves a Legacy at ATP Masters 1000 Tournament

Madrid: Rafael Nadal, a towering figure in the world of tennis, bid a heartfelt farewell to fans at the Madrid Open following his fourth-round defeat to Czech player Jiri Lehecka. The Spanish legend, a five-time champion at the tournament, faced a poignant moment as he concluded his remarkable journey at the ATP Masters 1000 event.

Nadal, who clinched titles in Madrid in 2005, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2017, delivered the final chapter of his Madrid Open saga against Lehecka. Despite a valiant effort, the Spaniard succumbed to a 5-7, 4-6 loss in a tightly contested match that lasted two hours and two minutes.

Had Nadal emerged victorious, it would have marked his 60th triumph in Madrid, but destiny dictated otherwise, leaving his tally frozen at 59 victories and 15 defeats since his debut match against Álex Corretja in 2003.

Following the match, an emotional Nadal was honored with a special presentation on the court, where banners commemorating his five championship triumphs unfurled from the closed roof of the stadium. The gesture symbolized Madrid’s farewell to its beloved champion.

Reflecting on his journey, Nadal expressed gratitude for the unwavering support he received throughout his career. “It’s been an incredible journey that started when I was little. I cannot thank you enough,” he said, acknowledging the fans’ unconditional backing.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion also highlighted the significance of his return to competitive tennis after grappling with uncertainties about his future in the sport. “It’s been unforgettable,” Nadal remarked, emphasizing the positive impact of his recent matches on both a personal and professional level.

As Nadal bids adieu to the Madrid Open, he leaves behind a legacy of unparalleled success and enduring admiration from fans worldwide.

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