Rafael Nadal shrugged before beating US qualifier Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Australian Open.
Nadal served for the second set at 5-4 when a woman shouted and made hand gestures as she prepared to serve. She screamed 30-0 again and the stadium security took her out of Rod Laver Arena. The rest of the crowd started whistling, and Nadal laughed.
He returned to work after a short delay and hit two aces to complete the set.
The 20-time grand champion finished the match against 177th-ranked Mmoh in 1 hour, 47 minutes and said it was a “positive night for me”.
Except for one thing. He was asked if he knew the woman who caused the delay. He replied by saying no and adding, “I honestly don’t want to know.”
More than 21,000 fans attended Melbourne Park on day 4. The Australian Open is the first big one in a year, allowing a significant crowd, with the government allowing up to 50% capacity. Fans were not admitted to the US Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of spectators at the French Open was extremely limited.