When Rafael Nadal was 3-0 up in the fourth set against Fabio Fognini, the Spaniard hit himself in the nose with the racket causing him bleeding. Nadal reacted immediately, dropped his racket, and went on to receive medical care.
Shortly after the incident, LA Times sports columnist Helene Elliott said that Nadal looked like a hockey player after he got hit.
“Nadal is getting treatment after his racket hit the ground, bounced up and struck him in the nose. bleeding from a cut on the nose. looks like a hockey player!”
Nadal, however, went past the nose injury smoothly and won the match in 4 sets: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. In the third round of the US Open, Rafa will face French tennis veteran Richard Gasquet, who defeated Taro Daniel and Miomir Kecmanovic to book his spot.
Nadal is getting treatment after his racket hit the ground, bounced up and struck him in the nose.
bleeding from a cut on the nose. looks like a hockey player! — Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) September 2, 2022
Nadal wants to survive at US Open
After being apart from New York for the last 3 years, Rafael Nadal made a victorious return against Rinky Hijikata that made him hungry for more. “Today’s match has been a 3 hours and 8 minutes match against a tough opponent so it’s a moment to survive, to stay positive, and just accept the things the way they are happening,” said Nadal at the post-match on-court interview.
Nadal, however, knows that he played only one match before the US Open, so he needs to put his head down and work during practice. “I didn’t play any match for the last 50 days. Only one match I think, so it’s about being humble enough to accept the process, to build the positive things, day after day in practice.
Tomorrow is one more day of practice and definitely another opportunity. I just enjoy the fact that I am here to try my best every day,” said Nadal. Related: Humble Rafael Nadal wishes to “survive” after winning 1st US Open match