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Rafael Nadal's hilarious encounter with security at the Paris Masters

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It’s not quite been the week Rafael Nadal might’ve expected at the Paris Masters.

After earning a bye in round one of the final event before the ATP World Tour Finals, the 31-year-old confirmed he will end 2017 as World No. 1 with a comfortable win over South Korean Hyeon Chung.

Nadal followed up the momentous victory by defeating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, but that’s where his joy ended.

The Spaniard was forced to withdraw from the tournament ahead of his quarter-final clash against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic due to an all-too-familiar knee issue.

Naturally, Nadal was devastated to be unable to see out an event in a city where he has experienced great success throughout his career.

“I have to pull out. It’s a very hard decision for me,” he told reporters, via the Express.

“Pulling out from anywhere is tough but especially from here, from Paris. As I’ve said a lot of times, it’s the most important city in my career without a doubt.”

The injury has raised speculation about whether Nadal will push himself to contest the year-end championships in London.

Unlike much of his 16 years on the professional circuit, Paris has been less than kind to the ten-time French Open winner on this occasion.

But just when Nadal’s tournament couldn’t get any worse, some newly-emerged footage has shown his woes extended beyond the court.


Most high-profile tournaments grant players access to a secluded entrance to the event facilities, and as one would expect, the Paris Masters is no different.

Nadal – renowned for his rigorous training regime – opted to make use of the practice courts during his unusually brief stay in the French capital.


However, when the ‘King of Clay’ approached security, his presence was met with a reaction he can be far from accustomed to.

As he offered the guard on duty a friendly greeting, Nadal was quickly blocked and asked: “Who are you?”

While some top players would fly off the handle at failing to be recognised, the Mallorca native responded by stating his full name in a typically polite manner.

He was then waved through security and allowed to enter the grounds.

Check out the funny exchange for yourself in the video below.


Nadal has developed a reputation as one of the classiest men on tour, earning near-universal respect from his peers and fans alike.

Subsequently, his behaviour in this incident is nothing less than one would expect, though seeing one of the all-time greats at his charming best will never get old.

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