Rafael Nadal clashed against Jordan Thompson on Friday but also came across Marinko Matosevic, the player who once intentionally knocked over the Spaniard's specially arranged water bottles in Monte Carlo.
In his 2013 Monte Carlo Masters opener, Nadal hit a stunning forehand passing shot to go 6-1 5-2 up on former world No. 39 Matosevic. As Matosevic was making his way toward his bench, he stopped by Nadal's bench and knocked over his water bottles.
Anyone who follows tennis knows extremely well that Nadal likes his bottles to be placed in a certain way and that he has been practicing that ritual that throughout his entire career. When Nadal made his way to his bench and noticed what had happened, he looked toward his team and smiled. Shortly after Nadal, went on to complete a 6-1 6-4 win over
On Friday, Nadal surprisingly lost to Australian Thompson in the Brisbane quarterfinal. Thompson, ranked at No. 55 in the world, now works with Matosevic, who retired from pro tennis in 2018.
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Not sure if it has mentioned on the various broadcasts – but Jordan Thompson’s coach, Marinko Matosevic, was the guy who kicked over Rafa’s courtside ‘arranged’ bottles near the end of a match in Monte Carlo in 2013.
Rafa’s reaction below. pic.twitter.com/Aq4sK2rfUR
Nadal defeated Matosevic in Monte Carlo but lost to Thompson in Brisbane
At the time, many found it funny that there was someone who decided to mess with Nadal's bottle ritual. After Nadal completed a two-set win over Matosevic, he described it as "a funny moment" and added the Australian probably did it with the intention to try to throw him off his game.
''Was a funny moment. Maybe he thought it affects my concentration," Nadal said in his press conference after his 2013 Monte Carlo match against Matosevic.
Nadal was victorious when he met Matosevic 11 years ago in Monte Carlo but he wasn't as lucky on Friday in Brisbane as Thompson stunned the Spaniard 5-7 7-6 (6) 6-3.
Against Thompson, Nadal was inches away from the win as the former world No. 1 didn't convert a match point in the 10th game of the second set and also missed out on two more match points in the second-set tie-break.