Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz were forced to stop play with the elder Spaniard 3-1 40-15 up in the second set as paramedics rushed to assist someone in the stands. The world No 9 had taken the opening set 6-2 before going down a break in the second.
Nadal was serving at 3-1 up in the second set and had game point at 40-15 when play was forced to stop as paramedics rushed to someone in the stands. Both players stood on the court waiting before umpire Nacho Forcadell confirmed there was an incident with a spectator, leaving both men retreating to their benches to wait out the delay.
It came after Alcaraz rolled his ankle when the third seed held for 2-1 and needed a medical time out to have it strapped up. He was then broken to love with Nadal serving to solidify the lead before play was momuntarily suspended. During the break, the 19-year-old could be seen testing out his right ankle with some stretches, but still looked hampered.
The five-time former champion in Madrid attempted to stay warm by hitting some balls before entering a discussion with Alcaraz and Forcadell, requesting to play while the spectator was being assisted in the stands, as Amazon Prime Video commentors Greg Rusedski and Mark Petchey said they believed the person was unwell.
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