'Greatness recognises greatess': Tiger Woods goes nuts watching Rafael Nadal

·Sports Reporter

Tiger Woods has sent fans into a meltdown at the US Open after sending Rafael Nadal his support with his famous fist pump in the Round of 16.

Nadal was in tight battle with No.22 seed Marin Cilic at one-set a piece when the Spaniard somehow returned two smashes and hit a trademark counter backhand across court to set up three break points.

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The Spaniard pumped the crowd up with a typical fist-pump, which had everyone in Arthur Ashe Arena on their feet.

This included a fired up Woods who jumped up in his chair to applaud.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after hitting a shot that had Tiger Woods off his chair.
Rafael Nadal (pictured left) had Tiger Woods (pictured right) off his chair. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

But as the cameras lingered on the golfing legend he let rip his own trademark fist pump to congratulate Nadal.

The countless reactions of Woods recognising Nadal’s athleticism throughout the match had fans going wild, with the PGA Tour tweeting “greatness recognises greatness.”

‘Huge honour’: Nadal applauds Woods

Following the four-set victory, Nadal thanked Woods in his post-match interview for coming along and supporting him.

“I think it is a huge honour, playing in front of this crowd, but also playing in front of Tiger is very special,” he said.

“Its a big pleasure to have him here supporting.

“I want to congratulate him on one of the greatest ever comebacks in sport winning The Masters this year.”

Nadal will face Diego Schwartzman in the US Open Quarter-Final.

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