US Open, Rafa Nadal confesses: “I thought it was broken”

US Open, Rafa Nadal confesses: “I thought it was broken”
US Open, Rafa Nadal confesses: “I thought it was broken”
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2 September 2022

Great fear for the left-handed of Manacor, injured during the fourth set.

An unfortunate gambling accident could have cost Rafa Nadal dear, winner of the second round match played in the Italian night against Fabio Fognini. In the fourth set, with the Iberian leading two sets to one, a diabolical bounce of the racket on the concrete hit Nadal’s nose violently, and he began to bleed profusely. The intervention of the doctor was necessary, with the Spaniard visibly sore and worried even in the dialogue with his box.

“At first I thought I broke my nose, because it hurt a lot. It looks like it’s not broken, but I’m not sure yet. It’s swelling, but it’s just a blow. I knew I would have some problems after the blow. but in the end I won that game. The most important thing in sports is that when you are playing badly you don’t have to be too far in the score, and when you are playing well you have to try to stretch “, he exorodied.

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Returning to the technical aspects of the match, Nadal did not hesitate to define his start of the game as “a disaster”, revealing however that he always managed to maintain a high level of confidence, “which I never lose, as long as the game is not lost” .

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“There was a time when I was doing so many disasters that I couldn’t stop. The pace was much higher than I’m used to, even without very long exchanges. When things go wrong, the important thing is don’t despair and keep it simple “, concluded the Majorcan champion.

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