Rafael Nadal comes across player who once famously kicked over his arranged bottles



by DZEVAD MESIC

Rafael Nadal comes across player who once famously kicked over his arranged bottles
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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 

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

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.

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.

Rafael Nadal and Jordan Thompson
Rafael Nadal and Jordan Thompson© Getty Images Sport - Chris Hyde
 

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.

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