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Rafael Nadal's pre-match baseline sprint went hilariously wrong in Montreal

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The tennis court can be a hazardous place.

Just ask the cameraman who took a tumble prior to Rafael Nadal's last-16 match up against Denis Shapalov in the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

The 1987 Men's Wimbledon champ Pat Cash has tweeted a clip showing the Spaniard sprinting towards a back-tracking cameraman, who eventually fell flat on his back, legs splayed in the air, after colliding with an unsuspecting a court official.

Cash captioned the clip by saying: "That sprint can be intimidating," next to a laughing emoji.

And, Tennis TV responded with the poor cameraman's own view of events, claiming it was "funnier from this angle."

Ever the professional, the unhurt cameraman sprung to his feet whilst Nadal appeared to have not  seen the collision, throwing a quizzical glance in the direction of the unnamed media man.

The 10-time French Open champion has been on the end of his own recorded mishaps, seen banging his head on the door frame as he warmed up on his way out to face Gilles Muller at Wimbledon earlier this year.

That misadventure led him to taking some precautionary measures whilst going through the same routine before his match with Frenchman Richard Gasquet at Montreal, checking above him before jumping up.

See Pat Cash's video in the post below.

And here's the poor cameraman's view of the whole incident.

Such mishaps are not uncommon in tennis, with Andy Murray's brother Jamie blasting the ball into his opponent's head at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic spraying champagne into his face after winning the Rome Masters, and a line judge being struck three times during a first round match between Thanasi Kokkinakas and Juan Martin del Potro at this year's Wimbledon.

But, for Nadal, he probably wants to avoid being party to any further mishaps.

The Muller match finished in agony for Nadal, losing 15-13 in the fifth after a near five-hour marathon.

And the Spaniard fared little better in Montreal, with the Canadian teen sensation Shapalov triumphing in a third set decider, again on the tie-break, 7-4.

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Maria Sharapova
Novak Djokovic
Serena Williams
Andy Murray
Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer

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