Open: Nadal lost a point in the dumbest of ways (video)
Opposed to Fabio Fognini for the second round of this US Open, Rafael Nadal was not very convincing but he ensured the minimum by winning in four rounds. During this encounter, the Spaniard was talked about for injuring himself in the nose with his racket after a rebound on the ground. A funny situation that earned him treatment to stop the bleeding.
Almost two months after his frustrating retirement in the semi-finals of Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal made his return to the circuit at the tournament of Cincinnati. A highly anticipated recovery that will have worried his fans since the Spaniard was eliminated from the start, a few days before the start of theU.S. Open, a Grand Slam that he aims to win, of course. But like any great champion, Rafael Nadal put his head back in place and prepared ideally before the American fortnight, starting by settling his last physical glitches.
Nadal suspicious of his injuries
After his victory in the first round of theU.S. Open, Nadal explained that he had taken some precautions: It’s obvious that I served a little below to avoid attacking the abdominal area too much. The tournament could not be won today, but it could be lost today. You have to be smart, take it step by step “. Even if he dropped a set, this technique has, for the moment, borne fruit. Whether it will hold up over time remains to be seen.
Difficult victory against Fognini
For the second round, Rafael Nadal dropped another set but overcame Fabio Fognini (2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1). After his difficult victory, the Spaniard explained himself in remarks relayed by The Team : “ I’m in a little pain, honestly, but okay. Glad to be out of it after a bad start. I still don’t understand how I started so badly because I felt good before the game. This kind of thing happens sometimes, so you have to accept and continue. That’s what I did. Luckily Fabio made some mistakes and I was able to finish the game obviously playing better, much better. “.
Ouch. An unfortunate rebound and Nadal gets his racquet in the nose 😬 #USOpen2022 pic.twitter.com/GsniDS8OiJ
— Eurosport France (@Eurosport_FR) September 2, 2022
A bleeding nose and a surprising injury
But the image of this match is the beautiful fright experienced by Rafael Nadal. On a trivial point, the Majorcan hit himself in the nose after a rebound on the ground. In the aftermath, his nose bled and the Spaniard went to the ground for treatment. A funny situation that would already like to forget Rafael Nadal. ” We don’t need to make a story out of it. It was just a blow. At first, I thought I had broken my nose because it was very painful. I lost the “feeling” of my head a little. In a way, maybe I deserved it after playing so poorly for a while (laughs) “, assures the seeded number 2. After the meeting, Rafael Nadal reassured everyone on his account instagram explaining that everything was fine.