RAFA Nadal’s €300,ooo watch was stolen from his Paris hotel room as he was claiming the French Open title on Monday.
The world number two had been lent the Richard Mille designer watch for the duration of the tournament.
He had left it in his luxury hotel room in the French capital’s eighth arondissement while he went off to complete the rain-delayed final against Serb Novak Djokovich.
But on Tuesday, Nadal’s parents discovered the expensive watch had been pinched from his hotel room.
Through magnetic key card records the culprit was quickly traced, and a 39-year-old barman was arrested on Tuesday.
The watch was later recovered alongside a railway track in a southern Paris suburb.
Nadal won the French Open in four sets, claiming his seventh title – beating Born Bjorg’s record of six.