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Rafael Nadal stopped a recent tennis match while a distraught mother searched for her child.

The tennis player was playing an exhibition doubles match with Simon Solbas against Carlos Moya and John McEnroe in Mallorca when a large commotion broke out in the crowd, reports 7 NEWS.

TV footage showed an upset mother desperately searching for her daughter, standing next to a steward and shouting ‘Clara’.

Nadal was about to serve when he immediately stopped, sparking a court-wide search for the toddler.

The tearful girl was soon spotted and bystanders alerted the mother, who ran to pick her up and hug her tightly.

The spectators applauded the emotional moment while Nadal was seen smiling after the happy ending.

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  • A very caring thing to do. Thanks Rafa.

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  • To be fair, it was probably very distracting for him.

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  • Good on Nadal for putting other peoples interest first. Not many other sportsmen would have done this I believe.

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  • Good to see his response in a world where people seem to become more and more selfish !

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  • What a lovely thing to do! Not too many celebrity sport stars would do that. Although, stopping the commotion probably helped out his game, but still a nice thing to do

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  • How may other professional sports people would do that?? I suspect not too many. Common sense prevailed and no penalty was given for interrupting the match. Nadal didn’t ask for permission to stop the game, he just did what he felt he had to do. I hope this sets and example to other sports people to do the same.

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  • And this is why the world loves Rafa! – he’s not all about him – he is so very thoughtful of others – he really is (along with Roger and Novak) very inspiring and should be who our younger tennis players strive to be like. Professional and human and likeable!

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  • That’s so great of Nadal, you wouldn’t see Nick Kyrgios doing that!

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  • I’ve always been a fan of Nadal, now even moreso. I’m so glad when celebrities don’t take themselves too seriously.

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  • good job it should happen more often :)

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  • Good on Nadal for stopping the match!

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  • Wow now there is a real star, taking the time to assist a mother and child in the hour of need (each other)!

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  • Now that’s human caring at it’s best …well done Nadal.
    And sooo pleased the outcome was wonderful for the youngster.

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