RAFAEL NADAL proved he doesn’t need a racket to show fans his skills with a tennis ball.
The world number two impressed with a feat of incredible keepy-uppy’s that Spanish compatriot Sergio Ramos would have been proud of.
Nadal looked completely at ease during his practice for his quarter-final match against Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the Italian Open.
So much so that the 34-year-old put his forehands on hold to dazzle fans with his fancy footwork on a tennis ball.
Nadal impressively juggled the ball on either foot before even managing to flick it onto his shoulder and head.
And fans were sent wild on social media, with one writing: “He’s so talented he can do it all.”
Another said: “Brilliant ball control. Unfortunately, he kicked it down the umpire’s throat and was immediately disqualified!”
A third added: “If only he pursued football instead of tennis Federer could have been at peace.”
Nadal’s uncle Miguel Angel was a former Barcelona defender, who played for the Catalans during their Dream Team era in the 90s.
Rafa himself was a keen footballer in his youth and only gave up the sport to achieve his tennis dreams.
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Nadal, who cruised past Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-3 in the previous round, remains on course for a 10th Italian Open title.
He said: “I played at I think a very positive level of tennis. Of course it needs to keep improving. I need to keep working on a couple of things that are not coming automatically, but I can’t ask for more.
“I can’t complain at all. Much better than what I expected.”