Rafael Nadal overcomes Fabio Fognini in 4 units in US Open second spherical

The 36-year-old needed to battle again from a gradual begin to beat Fognini over 4 units 2-6 6-4 6-2 6-1 on Thursday evening in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

However the victory got here with a scary second in what was to be the ultimate set, one which left the 22-time grand slam champion bloodied.

Because the Spaniard stretched to return a backhand to Fognini, Nadal’s racket bounced off the court docket and inadvertently hit him within the face.

Nadal instantly clutched his nostril, dropping his racket and forfeiting the purpose. He lay down on the court docket by the umpire’s chair and moved his hand away from his nostril, displaying the blood which had begun to circulation.

He wanted a medical timeout to obtain consideration for the harm, later returning to shut out the set. After the victory, Nadal performed down the harm, saying he felt a “little bit pain, honestly, but good.”

“(It) was just a strong hit. At the beginning, I thought I (broke) the nose because it was a shock at the beginning. Was very painful,” Nadal defined.

“I lost little bit the — I don’t know how to say in English — but a little bit the feeling of my head. It’s about being a little bit out of the world.

“I do not know, looks like it is not (broke). I’m not certain but. I do not know. I feel it is getting larger and greater.”

He joked with a smile: “No, that is only a shock a way I deserved to play that unhealthy for some time!”

As well as coming back from a bloodied nose, Nadal also had to battle back from a rare poor start.

Nadal celebrates his victory over Fognini.

The Spaniard hit 27 unforced errors within the first two units, dropping his serve 5 occasions together with 4 in a row. He known as it “one of many worst begins, most likely ever.”

“However that is a part of the sport. It is advisable keep humble, you could settle for the scenario. It hasn’t been a straightforward month for me, so I do know this sort of stuff can occur. It is one other alternative for me. I am nonetheless alive after a match like this. Which means rather a lot.”

The victory means he’ll play Richard Gasquet within the third spherical of the US Open. Nadal has a famously good report in opposition to the Frenchman, successful all 17 of their clashes.