Rafael Nadal Checks On Fallen Fan At Indian Wells Tournament

03/14/2012 08:44 am ET

By Jonathan Scott, Tennis.com

As if the world needed further evidence that Rafael Nadal -- affectionately dubbed Rafa by, well, everyone -- is just a plainly good person, he made a point of solidifying one particular fanship after a fellow took a dive following Nadal's doubles match last night. See footage of the fall here:

Who knows if that warm little meeting made the man more or less embarrassed, but Rafa can certainly count on his vote for life.

Also amusing is how Nadal turns around with that humble man's swagger he has patented by this point. Shakes his mane, adjusts that Nike zip-up, and bounces back across the court for what's next: Pressing flesh and signing away at the autographs.

Mmm. It's hard out there for a primp.

Plenty of precedent for Rafa's player-fan affection. See here the compliment and kiss he received from a fan at the U.S. Open in 2009:

And Nadal's very funny response to the press about that candid little kiss-cam episode here:

--Jonathan Scott (Find me on Twitter @jonscott9.)

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