* Rafa Nadala got a shock
Rafael Nadal He performed brilliantly in the second round of the US Open against the Italian in the early hours of Friday Fabio Fognini In a duel in which he overcame a set and suffered a severe blow, he hit himself in the nose with a racket.
Although dizzy and sore, the Spaniard managed to complete one of his usual 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 comebacks on center court at Flushing Meadows. The former No. 1 in the ATP rankings had to be treated for a nose bleed in the final set after his racket hit him in the face after leaving the court.
“I was a little dizzy at first, a little sore. This only happened to me with a golf club, not a racket”, he later had his smile and band in the injured area. ,At first I thought I broke my nose because it was a blow, very painful. It was like losing the feeling in my head a little bit,” he described at the press conference. “It doesn’t look like it’s broken, but I’m not sure yet.”
This unusual event was the last obstacle they faced Nadal In a match that didn’t have its best version. He even recognized it himself at the end of the match: “It’s one of my worst starts but you have to be humble, accept the situation. I know it can happen but being alive after a game like this means a lot.”
In addition to the many injuries that followed throughout the year, the tennis player mentioned conditions on a personal level such as the condition of his wife, Pregnant with Marie Perello, the couple’s first child. With Nadal already in the United States, Spanish media reported that Perello was admitted to a clinic as a precaution. “My wife is fine, but in the end they are situations that are more difficult to handle when you are away from home,” he explained.
His next opponent will be the more experienced Frenchman Richard Gasquet, Which he has defeated in his last 17 meetings. The Spaniard, the previous Australian Open champion and the 2022 Roland Garros champion, is looking to lift his 23rd Grand Slam title in New York, with him gaining ground in a race with the absent Novak Djokovic.