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Usain Bolt watches French Open final, presents Rafael Nadal with trophy

Getty Caption Usain Bolt presented Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer their trophies. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

Fresh off a surprise defeat to Justin Gatlin at the Golden Gala meet in Rome last week, six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt was in Paris for the French Open on Sunday to present the Coupe des Mousquetaires to Rafael Nadal, who defeated David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a rain-addled final. Bolt took in the match next to French Federation president Jean Gachassin and watched as the most dominant man on clay the sport has ever seen won his eighth title.

Nadal was asked before the match about Bolt, and not surprisingly, there was a lot of athlete-on-athlete love. "Everybody know that he's amazing what he did," Nadal said. "He's one of the great sportsman of the history. I hope to be there to receive the trophy. I gonna try. If not, I gonna say hello to him."

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No need to just say a quick hello. After handing Nadal the trophy, the two exchanged a few words as they posed for pictures. Apparently their conversation centered on Wimbledon. Will we be seeing Mr. Bolt in Nadal's box at the All England Club?

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Bolt's presence caused a bit of confusion during Nadal's post-match interview with John McEnroe. McEnroe asked Nadal whether the "crazy stupid idiot" who ran on court affected him during the match. McEnroe was clearly referring to the shirtless protester that ran on court during the second set. Nadal wasn't so clear.

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Classic.

Here are some photos of The Lightning Bolt's field trip to Court Philippe Chatrier. I'm sad to report there was no on-stage Mobot.

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Usain Bolt presents Rafael Nadal with the French Open trophy. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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