Rafael Nadal teased an Italian journalist who appeared to fall asleep during his postmatch news conference Monday.
While answering a question after his three-set win against James Duckworth at the Australian Open, Nadal noticed that journalist Ubaldo Scanagatta had his eyes closed and began to nod in his direction while laughing.
“It’s not interesting today,” Nadal said with a smile.
When Scanagatta woke up, Nadal continued the ribbing.
“I know you were closing your eyes to be more focused on what I am saying,” he joked.
Scanagatta, who has covered Grand Slam events for more than two decades, runs a tennis-centric web site called Ubitennis. A post about the Nadal news conference on the site chalked up Scanagatta’s snoozing to jet lag and noted that it had gone viral.
“Ubitennis, in one way or another, is always committed to increase the spread of tennis,” author Vanni Gibertini wrote in the post.
Nadal has gained 17 Grand Slam singles titles, however he has most effective gained as soon as on the Australian Open, in 2009. He will face Australian Matthew Ebden within the Spherical of 64 on Tuesday.