Rafael Nadal hits his nose with a wrong backhand movement
Rafael Nadal advances to the third round of the US Open after defeating the Italian Fabio Fognini in 4 sets with a score of 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, to reach his 14th 3rd round match time in 16 appearances in Flushing Meadows
During his second round match, Rafael Nadal hits his nose with a wrong backhand movement in the 4th set when his Babolat big head Racket bounced off the court and hit him in the face, which required a medical timeout and held a bottle to his nose before the treatment, which resulted in Nadal playing with a plaster for the remainder of the match.
Rafael Nadal reacts after hitting his nose and mentioned it was painful but He had done that before while He was playing Golf.
Rafael Nadal reacts after hitting his nose
“A little bit dizzy, a little bit painful, Well, yeah, just a little bit dizzy at the beginning, a little bit painful.”
“[I’ve done it before] with a golf club, but not with a tennis racquet.”
“It was just a strong hit. At the beginning I thought I broke the nose because it was a shock at the beginning, it was very painful.
“I lost a little bit the … I don’t know how to say in English – but a little bit of the feeling of my head. It’s about being a little bit out of the world. I don’t know, seems like it is not broken. I am not sure yet. I don’t know. I think it’s getting bigger and bigger.”
“That’s just a shock, in some way I deserved it [for] playing that bad for a while (laughter). No, I’m joking.”
you can watch Rafael Nadal reacts after hitting his nose in the court interview:
Rafael Nadal feels happy to beat Fognini
Fabio Fognini had a record with Rafa in 2015 at the US Open when He made a comeback from two sets down to win the match and now Rafa has settled the score and leads the head-to-head with 14 to 4.
After the match, Rafael Nadal was not happy with the way He started the match as He made 37 Unforced errors which is a huge number for him but he is happy to go through it.
“One of the worst starts, probably ever But that’s part of the game. You need to stay humble, you need to accept the situation. It hasn’t been an easy month for me, so I know this kind of stuff can happen. It’s another opportunity for me. I’m still alive after a match like this. That means a lot.”
With this win, Rafael Nadal is the first player to be qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals at the Pala Alpitour from 13-20 November. for the 17th time in his career.