RAFAEL Nadal spoke about how it felt to see Tiger Woods watching his fourth round match against Marin Cilic live in the US Open. The Spaniard has a close relationship with the American golfer. “Honestly, it’s much better if Tiger doesn’t see my swing”, joked Nadal.
“Maybe he would lose a little bit of rhythm after that. It’s a huge honour to play in front of all of [New York fans] but to play in front of Tiger is a very special thing. I’ve always said that I don’t have idols, but if I did I would have to say that one idol is him.
I always try to follow him, every single shot through the whole year. For me it’s a pleasure to have him here supporting me. It means a lot. He’s a big legend of sport, one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. I want to congratulate him for one of the most amazing comebacks of the sport ever when he won The Masters this year.
It means a lot to have him supporting me. He is a great inspiration. All the things he has accomplished in the sport, fighting that hard, he has always been an example. I am in touch with him very often and hopefully one day we can play golf together.”
Nadal has a special connection with the US Open crowd too: “[It’s] so special to see this amazing crowd supporting [me]. As I said before the tournament started, I’ve always had a great connection with the crowd here in New York.
They are very energetic, very passionate. Matches like this, you come back to the hotel with plenty of energy because I really enjoyed a lot playing in front of the full crowd. Arthur Ashe Stadium here in New York, night session, it’s difficult to be better.