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The Tiger and the King of Clay

Lars Eller attended Rafael Nadal's match at the Citi Open and the two briefly chatted afterwards

by Taryn Bray @tarynbray / WashingtonCaps.com

When greatness comes to town for the first time, it's an event you don't want to miss so Lars Eller spent an evening Wednesday night at the Citi Open watching 20-time Gland Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

The Citi Open is a stop on the ATP Circuit held annually at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington D.C.

Nadal, who is making his debut at the Citi Open this year, mentioned how much he enjoyed visiting Washington for the first time.

Eller attended Nadal's second round match against American Jack Sock, taking in the action from the second row and watching Nadal come out on top.

"There was lots of energy here tonight," said Eller, who plays tennis during the offseason with Caps teammates Nicklas Backstrom and Carl Hagelin. "The fans were super engaged, and it was a ton of fun to be a part of."

After his win, Eller headed down to meet Nadal and present him a personalized Capitals Jersey.

Tweet from @Capitals: Rafa ready to Rock the Red!#ALLCAPS x @RafaelNadal pic.twitter.com/qYLBjpKiCz

"It was great meeting him," Eller said. "We had a really good talk about both hockey and tennis. It was a tremendous experience to have had the chance to meet and talk to him for a bit."

After a chat the two then posed for a picture with Nadal's new jersey in hand.

Tweet from @lellerofficial: Had a great time watching The King of Clay play last night. pic.twitter.com/2sfk2oXYEU

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