Rafael Nadal has had it all this season. After a glorious start to the season, which saw him win the Australian Open and French Open titles apart from other trophies, his momentum was affected by untimely injury setbacks. Off the pitch, the Spaniard enjoyed his time playing other sports like golf. Now Nadal has shown his interest in another world sport. He took advantage of his social media accounts to support the Spanish basketball team.

On the tennis front, the Spaniard reached the last 16 of the recently concluded US Open before ultimately losing to Frances Tiafoe. Nonetheless, looking at the overall scenario, the former world No. 1 has had a memorable season.

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Rafael Nadal cheers on the Spanish basketball team during the EuroBasket final

The 22-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram to show his support for his country’s basketball team. He spotted the national team shirt in the video he shared on his official Instagram handle. Additionally, he captioned the video, “Vamosss!!”

The Spanish national basketball team beat Germany in the semi-finals of EuroBasket 2022 to face France. Subsequently, they defeated France 88-76 to win the title.

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Meanwhile, on the tennis front, Nadal will take part in the 2022 Laver Cup. This year’s edition of the tournament will take place at the O2 Arena in London and kicks off on September 23.

March 19, 2022; Indian Wells, California, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) celebrates after defeating Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in their BNP Paribas Open semi final match at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Nadal and Federer may team up one last time to play doubles at the Laver Cup. The Swiss maestro announced his retirement earlier this month, ending an illustrious career.

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Apart from these two, Djokovic, Murray, Tsitsipas and Ruud will also be part of the European squad at the tournament. On the other hand, Team World boasts of stars like Tiafoe, Fritz, Sock, Felix, Schwartzman and Alex de Minaur.

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During an interview, Federer’s coach spoke about the Swiss maestro’s rivalry against Nadal. He said, “Roger was worried and under pressure. He felt inferior and we had to assure him that he was capable of winning.

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Nadal and Federer have faced each other 40 times in their career, with Federer winning 16 of those matches.