Rafael Nadal hits ball girl in head during scary moment at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal made it through the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday with little issue, beating Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1 at Rod Laver Arena, but had to survive a terrifying moment on the court to do so.

Nadal, up 4-1 in the final set, returned a forehand shot that went directly at a ball girl sitting underneath the umpire's chair, hitting her directly in the head.

The girl was fine and gave a quick thumbs up, but both Nadal and Delbonis rushed over to her to make sure she wasn't hurt. Nadal then lifted up her hat and gave her a kiss on the cheek before handing her his headband.

Spain's Rafael Nadal hands a ball girl his bandana after a ball hit her during his second round match against Federico Delbonis of Argentina at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

"For her, probably it was not a good moment," Nadal said. "I was so scared for her, honestly. The ball was quick, and straight on the head. She's a super brave girl.

"I'm very happy that you are good," he added, talking directly to the girl. "You are very brave."

Nadal quickly wrapped up the match after that, needing only seven more points to put the Argentinian away.

The world No. 1 is now set to take on fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round. Busta, No. 27, beat Germany's Peter Gojowczyk in the second round 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.

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MALLORCA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: In this handout photo provided by the Fundacion Rafa Nadal, Rafa Nadal poses with wife Xisca Perello for the official wedding portraits after they were married on October 19, 2019 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Fundacion Rafa Nadal via Getty Images)
MALLORCA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: In this handout photo provided by the Fundacion Rafa Nadal, Rafa Nadal poses with wife Xisca Perello for the official wedding portraits after they were married on October 19, 2019 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Fundacion Rafa Nadal via Getty Images)
Xisca Perello watches her fiance Rafael Nadal play against Daniil Medvedev during the men's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 8, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 9: Xisca Perello, girlfriend of Rafael Nadal of Spain cheers for him during the men's final on day 15 of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros stadium on June 9, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Xisca Perello, partner d of Rafael Nadal of Spain watches the Men's Singles Final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 14 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Xisca Perello looks on during the men's singles first round match between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10: Rafael Nadal's companion Xisca Perello attends the 2018 French Open - Day Fifteen at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Suu/Getty Images)
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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 16: Rafael Nadal (L) of Spain poses on his balcony with his girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello and Albert II, Prince of Monaco during Day Two of the ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 16, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
2017 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament - DAY FOURTEEN. Xisca Perello, partner of Rafael Nadal of Spain watches the Men's Singles Final at the US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2017 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
2017 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament - DAY TEN. Xisca Perello, partner of Rafael Nadal of Spain watches his match against Andrey Rublev of Russia in the Men's Singles Quarterfinal match at the US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2017 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Xisca Perello, girlfriend of Rafael Nadal of Spain watches him play in his second round match against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus on day four of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
IBIZA, SPAIN - JUNE 04: Tennis player Rafael Nadal (C) celebrates his 30th birthday with his girlfriend Xisca Perello and friends on his new yacht on June 4, 2016 in Ibiza, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 17: Maria Francisca Perello aka Xisca Perello, girlfriend of Rafael Nadal of Spain attends the final of the 2016 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 17, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal (R) and his girlfriend Xisca Perello pose past a painting depicting himself during a ceremony where he received the title of "Favorite Son of Mallorca", in Palma de Mallorca on December 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
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