Bloodied Nadal marches to taste victory against Fognini

US OPEN 2022

Nadal started the match poorly against Fabio Fognini, loosing the first set. 

He later described the first set as "one of the worst starts" to a match in his career

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Though Nadal looked well below his best he recovered on time from his shaky start. 

He went on to win the next two sets and take control of the contest

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Just as it looked he was cruising to victory in the fourth set he was struck by a freak injury.

It was a backhand shot in which his racquet bounced off the ground and cannoned straight into his nose

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Not being unnerved by the cut, the spaniard went on to claim a four set victory crushing Fognini
2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
at Arthur Ashe staidum in a match that finished after midnight on Friday

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The four time champion and holder of a men's record 22 Grand Slam titles, defying all odds has now advanced to face Richard Gasquet now in the third round

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As the world watches in awe, the legend of Rafael Nadal carries on....

Is 23 on the way, stay tuned for more!