RAFA NADAL was subjected to a foul-mouthed rant from a female fan as he took on Michael Mmoh at the Australian Open.
The 34-year-old Spanish legend was facing the American in their second round clash when the extraordinary incident occurred at the Rod Laver Arena.
A woman yelled at the Spaniard before giving him the finger at the Australian OpenCredit: Getty
Rafa Nadal was left stunned after he was on the receiving end of an x-rated verbal assault from a fanCredit: Reuters
Security quickly arrived to throw her out but she continued to give the finger to the crowdCredit: Getty
The rowdy woman continued to cause a scene as security arrivedCredit: Getty
The scenario began with mild amusement as several spectators held up proceedings by chatting loudly.
However, one woman appeared to have over-indulged on the beers as she yelled ‘Hurry up, you OCD f***’ while Nadal was preparing to serve.
Fortunately for Nadal the drama did not detract from his focus on the match as he delivered a booming ace.
She then proceeded to give the icon the middle finger, prompting security to race over to escort her out.
Nadal burst into a smile as the focus returned to the rowdy woman in the stands – but she was not prepared to go quietly.
The camera switched back on her as officials attempted to get her out of the arena.
As the woman was dragged away she turned on the entire crowd.
The lady flipped the bird to everyone around her as she was eventually removed.
Once again the abuse failed to cause an issue for Nadal as he produced another ace.
And he quickly went on to serve another to win the second set before he went on to win the match.
In the post-match interview, an amused Nadal joked:
“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.”
The incident comes after Nick Kyrgios and Gilles Simon cheekily attempted to mimic Nadal’s serving action during their recent showdown.
There were two moments of great laughter on court when Kyrgios and Simon both tried to copy Nadal’s routine, which sees the Spaniard adjust his underwear.
Asked about which imitation was better, which followed a time violation, Kyrgios joked: “I don’t know. I don’t wear underwear, so…probably Gilles.”
The Australian, a former bad boy turned good, feared he would enter a ‘dark place’ after losing the plot in the third set against Simon.
Yet he managed to hold it together to beat the stubborn Frenchman 6-2 6-4 4-6 7-5 in another boisterous day in Melbourne.
The women’s behaviour quickly went viral onlineCredit: Reuters
Nadal refused to let the incident affect his performance on the courtCredit: Reuters