PARIS: Rafael Nadal says friendship sometimes has to take a back seat when you’re at the business end of a major tournament – but that World Cup-winning footballer, and close pal Fernando Llorente understands.
Nadal, who swamped Italian Simone Bolelli as he reached round two at Roland Garros, said he’d like to put a little more time aside for his friend. But short of early knockouts for both him in France and Llorente at Euro 2012 it wouldn’t be possible. “He’s a great guy. But to meet up more often we both need to have some bad results! So hopefully we won’t at least for a bit,” Nadal said.”
This time last year, with no international football on the immediate horizon, Athletic Bilbao striker Llorente met up with the Mallorcan for dinner in the French capital during the opening week of Roland Garros.