Top-seed at the ongoing Australian Open Rafael Nadal revealed his “scariest moment” in his tennis career so far Friday.

“Had the chance to meet her and her family today. So happy she is well after the scariest moment I’ve had on a tennis court. Anita is a brave girl!” Nadal wrote on his official Twitter account Friday with a picture with the ballkid.

During his second-round match at the Rod Laver Arena against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, Nadal’s return hit the ballkid on the head. Soon after the incident occurred, the World No. 1 ran to the ballkid, who was then positioned near the chair umpire.

Nadal, who apparently got terrified after the ball hit the ballkid, gave a peck on the cheek as a heartwarming gesture toward her. Already one of the most admired sportspersons around the globe, Nadal won hearts all over again. The incident also put the ballkid in the limelight during the match and the video went viral on social media.

When the ballkid got into action after the play resumed, she received a massive cheer from the Melbourne spectators at the Australian Open. Nadal, who won the first and third sets easily, had to play the tie-breaker in the second set. Eventually, the Spaniard secured the match in straight sets and qualified for the third round.

“For her, probably it was not a good moment I was so scared for her, honestly,” Nadal said in an interview after winning the match 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-1.

Spain's Rafael Nadal beat Bolivia's Hugo Dellien in the first round Spain's Rafael Nadal beat Bolivia's Hugo Dellien in the first round Photo: AFP / John DONEGAN

After the victory, Nadal went up to the ball girl again and handed her his headband before he added, "She's a super brave girl.”

If that was not enough, the day was certainly made for Anita when Nadal went to check on her again and sat down with her and chit chatted for a while.

 

The 2009 champion is set to face fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta in the third round at the ongoing Australian Open.