WATCH: Did Rafael Nadal wink at Frances Tiafoe after their Madrid Open match

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 0

Rafael Nadal kept the upset bug at bay as he rallied to clinch a 6-3 6-4 win over American young gun Frances Tiafoe to advance to the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open on Thursday.

The Spaniard served six aces, won 88 per cent of the points on his first serve and broke his opponent once each to emerge victorious in one hour and 33 minutes.

The stats and scoreline may not suggest so, but Tiafoe did manage to give Nadal a run for the money. Don’t believe? Check out the latter’s reaction after nullifying a break point at 1-2 in the second set.

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Or this? pic.twitter.com/525Qp7WFXK— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) May 9, 2019

That wasn’t the only expression from Nadal that caught many an eye though. At the end of the tussle, the duo exchanged in what appeared to be a few words of appreciation, with Nadal apparently winking at his 21-year-old opponent.

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The 17-time Grand Slam champion is next scheduled to lock horns with Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland as he remains on course for a title showdown with arch-rival Roger Federer.

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