Tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios has recently taken a moment to revisit and marvel at a truly 'epic' moment from Rafael Nadal during the 2019 US Open. It was so astonishing it even captured the admiration of golf legend Tiger Woods.
In a remarkable performance at the 2019 New York Slam, Nadal blazed through the initial rounds, overpowering his opponents John Millman, Thanasi Kokkinakis, and Chung Hyeon, paving his way to a high-stakes fourth-round clash with Marin Cilic.
The Spaniard demonstrated impeccable skill and resilience in this encounter, triumphing after a nail-biting four-set thriller. Yet, a particular shot near the climax of the match truly stole the show and left an indelible mark on everyone present.
Nadal's Breathtaking Masterstroke
With the scores locked in an intense battle at 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 5-2, Cilic unleashed a cross-court volley, prompting a breathtaking response from Nadal. The Spaniard dashed across the court, stretching to his absolute limit to connect with the ball, producing a forehand shot that miraculously curved around the net and landed within the bounds of the court.
This sublime moment left the audience in disbelief; even the great Tiger Woods couldn't resist showing his excitement with an exuberant fist pump. On Instagram on October 23, Kyrgios shared his awe and appreciation for this timeless tennis moment, succinctly captioning his story with the word "Epic." Nadal's journey didn’t end there; he pressed on to seize victory at the 2019 US Open, overpowering Diego Schwartzman, Matteo Berrettini, and Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and the final respectively.
This victory marked his fourth title at Flushing Meadows and the 19th Major win of his illustrious career. In his victory speech, Nadal spoke candidly about the honor of playing before his 'idol' Tiger Woods, expressing his admiration and gratitude for the golf legend’s support.
He shared his aspirations of sharing the golf course and tennis court with Woods someday, highlighting the profound impact Woods has had on him as a source of inspiration. Currently sidelined due to an injury sustained during the 2023 Australian Open, the 37-year-old Nadal is in recovery with his sights set on a triumphant return at next year's Melbourne Slam.
With his relentless spirit and unmatched passion for the game, fans worldwide eagerly anticipate his return to the tennis arena.