Rafael Nadal injured himself with a racquet at the last year’s US Open
Rafael Nadal will miss the upcoming US Open due to an ongoing hip injury. A year ago, the Spaniard battled in New York despite not being at 100%, scoring three wins before losing in the fourth round. Rafa survived a major scare in round two, facing Fabio Fognini and almost breaking his nose with a racquet!
Nadal led 3-0 in the fourth set when he injured his nose with a bouncing racquet, requiring a medical timeout but continuing. A four-time champion made another slow start, trailing 6-2, 4-2 before turning the tables and producing a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 victory in two hours and 43 minutes.
It was Nadal’s 21st Major win from as many matches in 2022, not playing at his best but overpowering the opponent after taking 16 of the final 19 games. Both players sprayed more unforced errors than winners, and the Spaniard was unhappy with his level.Still, he did enough to emerge at the top in under three hours, hoping for a better run against Richard Gasquet in the third round.
Fognini turned 40% of the return points into six breaks. Nadal was even more efficient in the return games, clinching nine breaks from 14 chances to control the pace after the opening 70 minutes. Rafa could not find his strokes in the opening set, spraying a forehand error in the third game to fall 2-1 behind.
The Italian opened a 4-2 advantage after 25 minutes and wrapped up the set on his serve in game eight after saving a break point. The second set kicked off with five consecutive breaks before Fabio held at 3-2 to extend the lead.
Rafael Nadal injured his nose against Fabio Fognini at the 2022 US Open.
Nadal had to raise his level, and he pulled the break back in game eight to level the score at 4-4.
The Spaniard grabbed another return game at 5-4 to rattle off four straight games and gain a boost. Nadal made three consecutive breaks in the third set to control the pace and clinch it 6-2, moving closer to the finish line.
Rafa injured his nose at the start of the fourth set’s fourth game after hitting himself with a bouncing racquet. He received a medical timeout to stop the bleeding and returned to action. Nadal fended off break points in game five to remain in front and held at 30 at 5-1 to seal the deal and move into the next round.”I’m quite sore from the racquet hitting my nose.
At first, I felt dizzy and scared because I thought I had broken it. I’m still not sure because of the swelling at the end. In a way, it’s a punishment because of how badly I played,” Rafael Nadal said.