Rafael Nadal was ‘unbelievable’ in their Roland Garros fourth round match, says Sebastian Korda.
Korda revealed before the match the Nadal was his idol, even to the point of naming his pet cat after the Spaniard.
It was therefore a dream draw for the young American – whos father Petr won the Australian Open in 1996 – and he made sure he absolutely made the most of it.
“It was definitely the best moment of my life, super awesome,” said the 20-year-old after Nadal’s 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 win.
“After the match I asked him for a signed shirt when we were tapping rackets.
“I don’t know if anyone’s ever asked him for an autograph after a match, but that was definitely the coolest moment of my life and one I’ll never forget for sure.
“Rafa was unbelievable. He said no problem. So I have one in my bag right now. So I’m super stoked.”
Despite being completely dominated by Nadal, Korda was happy to see his idol close up.
In fact, he even admitted to rooting for Nadal to hit winners just so he could bask in their majesty.
“He almost hit an around-the-net forehand and I was kind of begging for it to go in because that would have been the coolest thing ever,” he said.
“And then he hit a running forehand winner on me at the lines. I just said to myself, This is awesome. I learned a lot.
“The score wasn’t the closest, but every game was pretty close. So I took a lot of confidence in that and knowing that I have a big enough ball that I can hurt some of these guys.”
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