Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

What Rafael Nadal did after Diego Schwartzman win as impressive US Open footage emerges | Tennis | Sport

Rafael Nadal celebrated his US Open quarter-final victory over Diego Schwartzman by whacking a tennis ball into the Arthur Ashe commentary box.

The Spaniard made it to the last four of the US Open with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory over a very game Schwartzman and will now face Matteo Berrettini in the semis.

Nadal showcased much of his veteran savvy and skill during the display over his Argentine opponent but what came after the match was arguably even more impressive.

Nadal shook hands with both Schwartzman and the umpire before his opponent walked off the court to a round of applause.

But then the 33-year-old decided to have a little fun, and looked toward the commentary box containing tennis legend John McEnroe and ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler.

Equipped with his famous Babolat racket, Nadal accurately whipped a ball high into the stands and right into the hands of Fowler, who was standing in the commentary area.

Fowler dropped the ball right after catching it as McEnroe, who was sat down, watched on with laughter.

The crowd cheered as Fowler picked the ball back up and Nadal pointed in his direction with a huge smile on his face.

Hours after the event, Fowler jokingly tweeted that his headset cord was what stopped him from catching the ball clean.

Alongside a picture of the ball, he wrote: “The precious souvenir ⁦@RafaelNadal whacked from mid-court into our b’cast booth post match Weds.

“Several have tried (including Rafa) but finally success! Sadly, I got tangled in headset cord and choked the clean catch! (excuses, excuses).”

With victory over Schwartzman, Nadal made it a step closer to his 19th Grand Slam title.

But standing in his way is 23-year-old Berrettini, who is aiming to make it to his first ever final of a major.

Nadal or Berrettini will take on either Daniil Medvedev or Grigor Dimitrov in the final at Flushing Meadows on Sunday evening.

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