However the 15-time main champion’s jubilation wasn’t over a shot that he had made on the golf course. It was to cheer on his buddy, Rafael Nadal.
Nadal went on to defeat No. 22 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-Three, Three-6, 6-1, 6-2 on Monday to advance to the US Open quarterfinals. The 33-year-old Spaniard and world No. 2 dazzled with spectacular shot-making — together with a mindbending shot across the internet on the second-to-last level of the match.
In his on-court interview, Nadal was requested about Woods.
“For me, it is an enormous honor enjoying in entrance of all of you in fact,” Nadal stated to the gang. “However enjoying in entrance of Tiger for me is a really particular factor.
“I at all times stated I by no means had large idols, but when I needed to say one, one idol is him. I at all times tried to comply with him each single shot that he hit throughout the entire yr.
“For me, it is a large pleasure to have him right here supporting. Means loads. He is a giant legend of the game, one of many biggest sportsmen of all time. I simply wish to congratulate him for one of many extra wonderful comebacks in sport, successful the Masters this yr.”
Nadal, who likes to golf as a pastime, was requested if Woods has given him any recommendation on his golf sport or if they’ve ever performed collectively.
“Truthfully, it is a lot better if Tiger would not see my swing,” Nadal stated, drawing laughs from Woods and the remainder of the gang. “Perhaps he can lose slightly little bit of rhythm after that.”
Nadal, looking for his 19th main title, will face No. 20 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina within the quarterfinals.