Rafael Nadal scared us all a little bit before winning a gruelling five-setter with Canadian Denis Shapovalov at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion won 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in 4 hours 8 minutes and now awaits the winner of the match between Matteo Berrettini and Gael Monfils.
Our champ looked to be suffering from stomach cramps during the match and called for the trainer in the fourth set.
“I was completely destroyed,” Rafa told Jim Courier after the win.
“A very tough day, very warm. Honestly I didn’t practice for it. I was a little bit lucky at the beginning of the fifth.
“I started to feel not very well in my stomach so I just asked if they can do something.
“We went inside and they take the tension and checked that everything was alright on my body, and then I took some tablets. I was lucky that I was serving great in the fifth.
“Two months ago we didn’t know if we could be back on tour at all,” he said. “It’s a present of life that I’m here playing tennis again.”