Monday January 20th, 2014

Rafael Nadal fell so hard that he somehow snapped his shoelace. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Rafael Nadal fell so hard that he somehow snapped his shoelace. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, Australia -- When Rafael Nadal takes a bad tumble, the tennis world gasps and holds its breath. Did he hurt himself? Did his knees break? Is his quest to become the first man in history to win all four Grand Slams at least twice in jeopardy? You can only imagine the thoughts of those watching when Nadal got tripped up, hit the ground hard and rolled to a stop during his fourth-round match against Kei Nishikori.

Turns out there were no scratches -- just a busted shoelace. The match was delayed as Nadal had to run off court to get a new shoelace from the locker room. Apparently, of all the things he carries with him on court, an extra pair of laces isn't one of them.

You can see Nishikori's great shot and Nadal's fall below.

Knowing that Nadal was ok, the jokes started coming on Twitter:





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