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It's Samba time for Rafael Nadal at carnival in Rio de Janiero

Tennis star eager to get a feel of the Brazilian carnival in Rio de Janeiro next week

Rio de Janeiro: Rafael Nadal flew into Brazil to defend his title at the Rio Open — but also to experience first-hand “the incredible energy” of the city’s world-famous carnival. The Rio Open begins on Monday.

A performer during the Brazilian carnival in Rio de Janerio last year. inset: Rafael Nadal. PICs/ Getty Images
A performer during the Brazilian carnival in Rio de Janerio last year. inset: Rafael Nadal. Pics/Getty Images

“I really want to learn about the carnival in Rio. It has an incredible energy, carnival here is like a religion,” the World No 3 told reporters.

“I was always fascinated by the carnival and was eager to see it live. It will be a show,” said Nadal, who will join a parade on Sunday with compatriot David Ferrer and Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten.

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