Rafael Nadal Slow start
Rafael Nadal prevailed over Fabio Fognini and advanced to the third round of the US Open despite getting off to a very shaky start and bleeding from his nose after being hit in the face by his own racket on OKBet Tennis 2022.
The second seed, who had not been eliminated from the tournament in New York before the round of 32 since 2004, was down a set and 4-2 and was having trouble getting the ball in play at OKBet Tennis 2022.
But with some assistance from an opponent who was having similar issues, Rafael Nadal was able to turn things around and finish strongly in a victory that went 2-6 6-4 6-2 6-1. This victory set up a match between Nadal and fellow veteran Richard Gasquet at OKBet Tennis 2022.
After receiving treatment for blisters in the second set, a weird incident occurred in the fourth when Rafael Nadal’s racket rebounded off the court and into his nose at OKBet Tennis 2022. The incident caused Nadal, who was 36 at the time, to draw blood and lead him to lie down on the court and seek medical assistance.
After the event, he explained, “Because it was such a shock to me, I initially believed that I had broken my nose.” It caused a great deal of agony.
In the beginning on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Nadal struggled not just with his serve but also with his groundstrokes, missing easy shots and spraying the ball all over the court. In the opening two sets of the match, he committed 27 unforced errors and lost his serve five times, including a string of four in a row.
Fognini did not need to do anything extraordinary to put himself in position to replicate his victory over Nadal here in 2015; yet, as the Spaniard began to finally find his range, Fognini’s opponent was unable to reply. Fognini won the match in 2015. Even though he was in complete command when the incident with his nose took place, it did not derail his momentum, and he may derive confidence from the fact that he has defeated Gasquet in all 17 of their professional encounters.
Earlier in the day, Nadal’s compatriot Carlos Alcaraz prevailed over Federico Coria in a more straightforward fashion, taking the match 6-2, 6-1, and 7-5. The third seed expressed his satisfaction with his overall performance, stating, “I’m pretty thrilled with my performance today. I believe that I performed extremely, extremely well. I couldn’t afford to have even the slightest distraction. Every second spent on the court counts during the grand slam. You need to have a very clear mind and perform at the highest level possible. I believe that I completed it today.”
“There is a tiny amount of pain, but other than that, I’m feeling fantastic. jubilant despite having a poor beginning. Because I was feeling okay leading up to the match, I am still unable to comprehend how I got off to such a poor start.
“But unfortunately, situations like these can arise on occasion, and you just have to learn to accept them and go on.” That is what I ended up doing. It was just my luck that Fabio made several errors, which allowed me to start putting some balls in and finish the match playing obviously better and much better than I had been playing earlier in the match.
“What I am playing is not even close to as good as what I am practicing.” That is something to look forward to. Then it is up to me to ensure that it occurs in the contests.”
Andrey Rublev and Jannik Sinner, who both had five-set struggles in the first round, won smoothly this time. However, eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz is out after suffering a shocking loss to Ilya Ivashka in the form of 6-4 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3, and Grigor Dimitrov was also eliminated.
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