The record holder in the number of Grand Slam titles very unluckily hit his own racket in the face so much that a bloody scar appeared on his nose.
The incident took place during the fourth set at 3-0 for Nadal. When he deflected the ball backhand, the injury was caused by an unexpected bounce of the racket from the ground.
The height of bad luck
The racket bounces off the ground and ends up dealing Nadal a tremendous blow to the noseSeptember 2, 2022
Nadal immediately threw away the racket, hid his face in his hands and headed for the bench with a pained expression. During the treatment, the bleeding was stopped and the wound was covered with a plaster.
However, this moment did not significantly affect the Spaniard’s performance, he won the final set with a score of 6:1 and easily progressed to the 3rd round of the US Open.
“I’m fine,” Nadal reassured Patrick McEnroe in a post-match on-court interview. “I was just a little dizzy. But everything is fine,” added the Spaniard.
men – singles – 2nd round:
Rafael Nadal (Spain-2) – Fabio Fognini (Italy) 2:6, 6:4, 6:2, 6:1, Iľja Ivaška (White) – Hubert Hurkacz (Poland-8) 6:4, 4:6, 7:6 (5), 6:3, Lorenzo Musetti (Italy-26) – Gijs Brouwer (Netherlands) 6:7 (1), 6:3, 6:4, 6:2, Brandon Nakashima (USA) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria-17) 7:6 (5), 7:5, 6:3, Denis Shapovalov (Can.-19) – Roberto Carballes Baena (Spain) 6:4, 4: 6, 6:3, 6:2, Diego Schwartzman (Arg.-14) – Alexei Popyrin (Aust.) 7:6 (3), 7:5, 7:6 (6), Frances Tiafoe (USA-22) – Jason Kubler (Aust.) 7:6 (3), 7:5, 7:6 (2), Richard Gasquet (Fr.) – Miomir Kecmanovič (Serb.-32) 6:2, 6:4, 4: 6, 6:4
Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.
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