‘I was very emotional’: Rafael Nadal pays tribute to ‘favourite sportsman’ Tiger Woods after he also fights back from injury to land Masters glory
- Rafael Nadal heaped praise on Tiger Woods as he landed the 2019 Masters title
- Woods managed one of sport’s great comebacks to end an 11-year major drought
- Like the American, Nadal has battled with injuries before returning to the top
Nadal is currently hard at work for the start of the clay-court season in Monte Carlo but made time in his preparations to watch Woods seal an incredible win to bring to an end his 11-year major drought.
The Spaniard is a keen golf fan and was inside the ropes in the Bahamas in 2017 when Woods made a return from back injury to complete the Hero World Challenge.
Tiger Woods’ incredible win at the Masters left Rafael Nadal ‘very emotional,’ he has revealed
The world No 2 has battled injuries much like Woods and took great pride in his Masters title
Nadal has been plagued by issues with his knee during his tennis career to date and revealed ahead of his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters that Woods’ revival left him emotional.
‘It is amazing. He is probably my favourite sportsman in the world since a long time ago,’ Nadal told reporters.
‘I know a little bit (on) how hard he has worked to be back. I was very emotional yesterday.’
Woods’ victory saw him end an 11-year drought without winning one of golf’s major titles
Nadal’s passion for golf saw him participate in the Balearic Islands Golf Championship for over-30 players earlier this year – he finished runner-up.
But with his tennis career still going strongly, the world No 2 is looking to gather momentum for the clay-court season as he attempts to claim a twelfth French Open title.
Having been given a bye in Monte Carlo for the first round, he faces fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut next after he beat John Millman 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
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