Rafael Nadal cruised past 26th-seeded Netherlands Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to keep his hopes alive in the French Open third round on Friday against Novak World No. 1 Djokovic to compete. That “King of Clay” 13 Roland Garros titles among his 21 Majors, the most among men, although he was denied a 14th last year when he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
In any case, it was another outstanding performance from the King of Clay as he continues his quest for one 22nd Grand Slam Singles trophy after winning at Melbourne Park earlier this year. Also, after his fight, a miraculous incident happened that touched the hearts of everyone present.
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A young boy greets Rafael Nadal after his victory
However, after Rafael Nadal secured his smooth passage to the fourth round of the French Open in Roland-Garros, there was an unexpected and happy event. Nadal was surprisingly hit by a little boy on the court as he was putting away his racquets and collecting himself in his court at the Suzanne-Lenglen court after the win about the 26th seed. The Spaniard touched the boy’s head and addressed him kindly. It was an absolute fanboy moment for the youngster that will no doubt be remembered for the rest of his life.
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