• A spectator shouted expletives at Rafael Nadal on Thursday
  • The incident took place during Nadal's second-round game 
  • Nadal won the match in straight sets 

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal broke into laughter when a furious woman hurled expletives at him during his second-round match at the ongoing 2020 Australian Open on Thursday.

Nadal's calm reaction to the incident once again showed why he is one of the most adored sportspersons across the globe. While the Spaniard took the incident lightly and laughed it off, his fans were not as forgiving as they began to boo the woman fiercely.

The bizarre incident took place when Nadal was taking on 23-year-old Michael Mmoh at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. In the middle of the game, a female spectator began to abuse the 20-time Grand Slam champion. When Nadal was getting ready to serve, the woman reportedly shouted, "Hurry up, you OCD f--k." Nadal initially chose to ignore it but when the spectator did not stop, the match was halted briefly.

Nadal and Mmoh looked in a puzzled way at the woman, who continued to yell as the fans around heckled. When the angry female showed Nadal a middle finger, the 2009 Australian Open champion smiled and asked her, "what me?" with a wry smile.

The umpire intervened over the microphone, saying, "Thank you, madam, you are delaying everyone," which only provoked the woman further. The play resumed but two points later, the woman started calling Nadal a "w--ker." The security then removed her from the stadium.

The 34-year-old did not get affected by the incident and eventually sealed the match in straight sets (6-1, 6-4, 6-2).

When asked about the disturbance in a post-match interview, Nadal was as classy as ever in his response. "No (I don't know her). And honestly, I don't want to know, " Nadal laughed.

Nadal will next take on British tennis player Cameron Norrie in the 2021 Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday. This will be their first meeting in an ATP tournament.

Nadal, who last won the Australian Open in 2009, is aiming to win a record 21st Grand Slam. He won the record-equaling 20th major title when he clinched the French Open in 2020.

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his win against Serbia's Laslo Djere but said after his back was not feeling great
Spain's Rafael Nadal is chasing his 21st record Grand Slam. AFP / David Gray