Rafael Nadal Jokes He Doesn't Want to Know Woman Who Gave Him Middle Finger

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2021

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating United States' Michael Mmoh during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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Rafael Nadal, one of the nicest guys in tennis, was on the receiving end of a middle finger from a woman in the crowd during his second-round win over Michael Mmoh at the 2021 Australian Open on Thursday.   

Diario SPORT @sport

#AusOpen 🤯 Así ha sido el 'show' de una espectadora que ha retrasado el saque de Rafa Nadal, con 'peineta' incluida 📲 @Eurosport https://t.co/AXdniSV7TM

Matt Roberts @MattRobertsTTP

I think my favourite part is the reaction of the woman with the Spanish flag https://t.co/z6jKhv42RC

Nadal was asked during his post-match interview whether he knew the person who flipped him the bird.

"No, and honestly I don't want to know," the 20-time Grand Slam champion said with a laugh.

He later told reporters:

"Yeah, yeah, [the finger] was to me I think. I don't know. Maybe she [drunk] too much gin or tequila. I don't know. But honestly was [a] strange situation, but, yeah, funny at the same time. ...

"For me was funny. Honestly, somebody doing the finger to me with, I don't know the reason, but was—yeah. I was surprised, yes, but at the same time was thinking, poor girl. Because probably she was drunk or something like this. I don't know."

It's unclear what led the woman the make the gesture toward Nadal.

That was the most noteworthy moment of an otherwise routine day at the office for the 34-year-old Spaniard, who's seeking his second Australian Open title.

He dominated the match from start to finish with massive advantages over Mmoh in winners (40-16) and break points converted (5-0). He also won 84 percent of the points on his first serve and 94 percent of points when he came to net in a clinical performance.

Mmoh, 23, has never advanced beyond the second round of a major.

Nadal advances to face Cameron Norrie in the third round on Saturday.