On Saturday, Rafael Nadal dominated Richard Gasquet in their third-round match at the French Open. The world No. 1 won 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, bringing his winning streak against the Frenchman to an incredible 16 in a row.
Nadal is an overwhelming favorite to win at Roland Garros this year. If he does that, it would be his 11th French Open title, and 17th Grand Slam title overall.
With a championship pedigree like that, it's only fitting that Nadal is a role model to people all around the world. But one particular group of people seems to adore him more than most—ball kids.
Earlier this week, one ball boy was caught staring in admiration as Nadal walked by him. That seemed like it would probably be the last story involving the world No. 1 and a ball kid over the course of this tournament, but things got even better on Saturday.
When Nadal was being interviewed after his win, he was asked if he would rally with one of his biggest fans. That is not a common practice, but Nadal seemingly had no problems making the kid's day. Just see for yourself here:
It was expected that Nadal would play only one ball with the lucky kid, but he put another into play after the boy hit the net on one of his shots.
The fans in the audience cheered on the rally and it was clear that everybody was loving what was going on. It's one thing to be a champion on the court, but it's extra impressive when you can be a class act off of it. Nadal showed that he is one here, and he didn't even have to leave the court to do so.
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