Fans swoon over details of Rafa Nadal’s post-match photo


Rafa Nadal (pictured right) watched his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left with Nadal) ahead of his post-match press conference. (Image: Twitter)

Rafa Nadal was captured in a pleasant moment watching a young compatriot Carlos Alcaraz after his narrow victory over Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Nadal stayed as cool as ever to block out the drama around him as Kyrgios left the tennis world stunned after collapsing several times in the 6-7, 7-5, 4-6 loss to the world No. 4.

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Kyrgios was in an ongoing battle with members of the crowd as he was hit with a code violation for audible obscenity and because he had already received one for breaking his racket, Kyrgios was docked with a point.

He even argued with a member of the crowd sitting near actor Ben Stiller, before dragging the movie star into the drama.

The enigmatic Australian ended the show by smashing his racquet on the ground at his feet, which unfortunately ricocheted near a bullet child standing at the back of the yard.

Either way, Nadal showed his nerve in the third set to see the game to book a place in the semi-finals and extend his undefeated start until 2022 to 19 matches.

Arriving in the media room, leading tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg snapped a photo of Nadal watching the 18-year-old face Cameron Norrie for a spot to face him.

Alcaraz has trained with Nadal countless times and often referred to him as an idol.

The young Spaniard – who is already being touted as a future Grand Slam champion – also has a game that replicates his idol.

Fans were quick to praise the 21-time Grand Slam champion’s humble moment.

Some fans were quick to share Nadal’s photo with a much younger version of Alcaraz.

The match marks an all-Spanish semi-final for the first time in 46 years.

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