Rafael Nadal Kissing Ball Girl at Australian Open Is the Most-Watched Video of the Spaniard in 2020

Published 12/13/2020, 1:00 PM EST
Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his group stage match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Toby Melville

In the year 2020, Spain’s Rafael Nadal has rewritten history on a few occasions. Having won the French Open for the 13th time, he surely stands out amongst the others.

The Spaniard even won his 1000th ATP Tour match during the Rolex Paris Masters. He also holds the record of having the highest percentage of wins (83.1%).

However, there’s another record to add to the list of 2020. The world No. 1 was cruising to a straight-sets win against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis at the Australian Open.


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Rafa was leading 4-1 in the third set when a spine-chilling incident took place which is still fresh in the minds of people. Rafa mistakenly smacked the ball on the ball girl’s head.

The speed at which the ball came back was tremendously fast. The moment that incident took place, there was utter silence in and around the court. 

Nick Kyrgios of Australia (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain at the net following their Men’s Singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal is a true gentleman


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The girl did give a ‘thumbs up’ but a worried Nadal and Delbonis went up to her to make sure she was fine. Nadal then raised the cap of the girl and planted a kiss on her cheek.

That move from Nadal drew whistles and cheers from the crowd. During the match interview, Rafa claimed that ‘she’s a brave girl’ and that ‘it wasn’t a good moment’ for her personally. The Spaniard even gave her his headband as the match came to an end. 


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Rafa ended up winning the match comfortably. Nadal then went on and registered wins over compatriot Carreno Busta and homeboy Nick Kyrgios.

However, he fell short and lost in the quarterfinals to Dominic Thiem. He has managed to win the Australian Open just once in 2009. It’ll be interesting to see how the man from Mallorca features next year in Melbourne. 



Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.