Rafael Nadal scored in more than one way on Wednesday night.
After the legendary Spaniard defeated American Jack Sock in a last set tie-break in the second round of the Citi Open, the seed received a special gift. NHL star Lars Eller, who won the 2018 Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, presented Nadal with a custom Capitals “Nadal” jersey.
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âIt’s a sport that I really enjoy playing in my spare time and also watching,â Eller said. “Especially having Nadal and that level of talent here, it’s a blessing to the city if you’re a tennis fan. We have a Capitals jersey for him that I’m happy to present to him.”
Eller scored the game-winning goal in the Capitals’ victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights in 2018.
Nadal, who is making his Washington debut, will face South African Lloyd Harris in the third round on Thursday night. The Spaniard is aiming for his third ATP Tour title of the season after winning the trophy in Barcelona and Rome.