Professional golfer Tiger Woods, along with his kids and girlfriend Erica Herman, watched the US Open Men's Singles fourth round match between Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic from a private box at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night.
The golf great and the Spanish legend are friends and longtime Nike athletes, both being among the most successful and recognizable athletes in the world.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 to reach his ninth quarter final in New York and the 40th grand slam quarter final of his glittering career.
Tiger Woods, a winner of 15 golf majors, sent the 33-year-old Spaniard his support with his famous fist pump during his fourth-round match against Marin Cilic.
Rafa Nadal has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, including a record 12 at the French Open. The former World No. 1 is attempting to claim his fourth US Open crown as he lifted the trophy at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017.
Following the four-set win, Nadal thanked Woods in his post-match interview for coming along and supporting him revealing that he was delighted to have played with such enthusiasm in front of the one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport.
“Honestly, it is a huge honour to play in front of all of you (the crowd), of course, but to play in front of Tiger, for me, it is a very special thing,”
“I always said I never had big idols, but I have to say one idol is him. I always try to follow every shot he hit during the whole year. For me it’s a big pleasure to have him here supporting, means a lot.”
“He’s a big legend of his sport, one of the legends of the sport. I want to congratulate him on one of the most amazing comebacks ever, winning the Masters this year.”
Rafael Nadal will face Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday for a spot in the semi-final after the Argentine defeated Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-3.
Nadal could conceivably face his old rival Roger Federer, who holds the men's record of 20 majors, in the final this year. The tennis stars have never met at the US Open, this would be their first-time meeting at Flushing Meadows.