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A female spectator was removed from the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday after she appeared to target Rafael Nadal with a vile rant before showing him the finger.
The 34-year-old legend was taking on Michael Mmoh in the second round of the major tournament, and he was able to ignore the distraction to cruise to a straight sets victory.
The incident begun as Nadal was preparing to serve, but was forced to pause as chatting broke out among the socially distant fans inside the arena.
However, one lady had no patience for the routine that Nadal has utilised for the vast majority of his career, and she could be heard shouting: “Hurry up, you OCD f***.”
Nadal was in disbelief at the outburst and began to laugh – promoting security to approach the woman.
After causing a large scene by throwing her arms in the air and sticking her middle finger up indiscriminately, she was them removed from the stands.
Having hit a perfect ace in-between the two outbursts, Nadal laughed and returned to his game to see out what was a simple 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory.
An amused Nadal said after the encounter: “I don’t know what happened. Maybe she took in too much gin or tequila. Honestly it was strange situation, but funny at the same time.
“Sometimes there is people for everything around the world.
“It’s funny somebody doing the finger to me.
“I was surprised, yes, but at the same time was thinking: ‘Poor girl.’ Because probably she was drunk or something like this.”
Nadal will now face Brit Cameron Norrie for place in the last 16, who is excited to get the chance to take on one of the greatest players of all time.
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He said after beating Roman Safiullin: "I definitely used the crowd. Keep drinking those tins up there guys.
"I think we both raised our level and I'm happy to get through. I'm playing Rafa next so it's nice to get used to one of these courts.
"I've never played him before so it will be a great experience for me."
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