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09-10-09, 12:03 AM #1
Man rushes court to hug and kiss a shirtless Rafael Nadal while telling him he loved him, as Nadal celebrates his win
Ladies (and gentlemen), take note: Rafael Nadal will not spurn your advances, no matter how bold they may be.
Last night, after the six-time Grand Slam champ defeated Gael Monfils in a thrilling four-setter at the U.S. Open, a man rushed the court to give Nadal a hug and a kiss. Before security could react, the fan hugged the unsuspecting, shirtless Nadal before being dragged away.
Initially surprised, Nadal had a broad smile on his face during the brief encounter. When security personnel began to lead the man into custody, Nadal initially tried to stop them saying "it's OK" as the man was blowing kisses and making "you're No. 1" motions with his hands.
Ever cool, Nadal went immediately back to packing his tennis bag before standing for a post-match interview. Afterward he said of the incident:
"For me, it wasn't a problem. The guy was really nice. He said, 'I love you,' and he kissed me."(Watch the video of the press conference here. Rafa's remarks about the fan come near the 3:30 mark.)
The security guard in the picture reacted as soon as the intruder jumped over the wall, but she wasn't able to get to him before he reached Nadal.
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