Photo: Security guard blocks a man who approached Rafael Nadal, right, after his quarterfinals win at the U.S. Open.
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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Tennis pro Rafael Nadal has long topped the charts as one of the sport's sexiest stars, but the muscular Spaniard's allure went to a whole new level Tuesday night when one rabid fan could not control himself and rushed the court to plant a big one on the world champ after his U.S Open victory.
The man was arrested at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Tournament spokesman Tim Curry said police arrested the man for interference with a sporting event.
"We're reviewing what happened and then will determine if we have to make any changes to our on-court security procedures," Curry said.
Photo: Rafael Nadal reacts after winning his quarterfinal match at Wimbledon, Wednesday July 2 , 2008.
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
When the "King of Clay" finished beating Gael Monfils, the spectator ran out of the stands and approached Nadal on the sideline before security guards intervened. It's the latest in a series of similar episodes at major tennis events, including when a man went up to Roger Federer during the French Open final and tried to place a hat on his head.
"For me, it wasn't a problem. The guy was really nice," Nadal said. "He said, 'I love you,' and he kissed me."