WATCH: ‘Maybe she has taken too much gin or tequila’ – Rafael Nadal on his Australian Open heckler

Rafael Nadal in cheerful mood

Rafael Nadal made light of a woman giving him the middle finger during his second-round match at the Australian Open, saying it was “strange, but funny”.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner had no problems seeing off American qualifier Michael Mmoh, winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday evening.

The biggest talking point came at the end of the second set when a woman started heckling the Spaniard, flipping the bird at him, before being escorted out of the arena.

Asked about his heckler during his post-match press conference, Nadal saw the lighter side of it and admitted he was not quite sure what the “strange situation” was all about.

“Maybe she has taken too much gin or tequila. I don’t know, it was a strange situation, but funny at the same time. Sometimes there are people for everything around the world.

“Honestly, somebody doing the finger to me with, I don’t know why, but was… I was surprised, but at the same time was thinking, ‘Poor girl’ because probably she was drunk or something like this.”

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