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Rafael Nadal makes ball boy’s dream come true at French Open

Rafael Nadal gives a ball boy at the French Open the thrill of a lifetime by hitting ground strokes with him to cap off the match win.

PARIS (AP) -- Rafael Nadal gave a French Open ball boy a memory to last a lifetime.

After finishing off his lopsided victory over Richard Gasquet in the third round at the tournament’s main stadium, Nadal was asked by the courtside interviewer, 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, whether he would hit some shots with a big fan of his.

So Nadal lent a racket to the ball boy and they engaged in a couple of lengthy baseline rallies, drawing appreciative roars from spectators.

Afterward, the two met up at the net, and Nadal mussed the kid’s hair.

Nadal, eyeing his 11th French Open title, plays 70th-ranked Maximilian Marterer of Germany in the round of 16 on Monday.

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