October 1, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Nadal defeated Fognini in 4 units in U.S. Open’s second spherical
  • The Spaniard has now reached the third spherical 
  • Nadal has additionally certified for the upcoming Nitto ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal overcame Italy’s Fabio Fognini after a “painful” struggle that left him with a bloodied nostril Thursday on the U.S. Open.

Nadal made as many as 37 unforced errors towards Fognini and referred to as it “one of many worst stats.”

“One of many worst begins, most likely ever. However that is a part of the sport. It’s good to keep humble, it’s good to settle for the scenario. It hasn’t been a simple month for me, so I do know this sort of stuff can occur. It is one other alternative for me. I am nonetheless alive after a match like this. Meaning so much,” Nadal stated after the sport, based on U.S. Open’s official web site.

Nadal, who entered the event second seeded, had a freak accident late in his four-set victory over Fognini at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Chasing a record-extending twenty third Grand Slam, Nadal misplaced the primary set towards the Italian participant however made a snug comeback.

When he was cruising towards a simple win, he stretched for a large backhand that noticed his racquet rebound off the court docket and land on the bridge of his nostril. It instantly started to bleed. Nadal rapidly walked again to his chair and laid down.

When the Spaniard was requested how the incident impacted him, he replied, “Just a little bit dizzy firstly, somewhat bit painful.”

Nadal added that it had occurred as soon as earlier than “with a golf membership, not with a tennis racket.”

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Enjoying within the U.S. Open for the primary time since profitable the title in 2019, Nadal has now reached the third spherical of the ultimate Grand Slam of the yr.

Nadal is subsequent scheduled to play towards former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet on Saturday.

Transferring on: Rafael Nadal
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Nadal’s newest win additionally made him the primary participant to qualify for this yr’s Nitto ATP Finals, which might be performed from Nov. 13-20 in Turin. The 36-year-old, who’s but to win the season finale event, has now secured his spot within the occasion 17 instances, the second-most within the occasion’s historical past, based on ATP.

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