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and moves to the 3rd round

Nadal defeats Fognini in the US Open -

On Sept. 1, Rafa Nadal overcame a terrible start to defeat Fabio Fognini, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, and advance to the third round of the US Open.

As Nadal struggled to find his rhythm, Fognini came out strong and built a set and a 4-2 advantage.

When Nadal raced down an overhead and crushed a forehand down the line to break Fognini and take a 4-2 lead in the third set, the momentum changed in his favour.

He defeated Fognini once more in the third set, and it looked like he was cruising towards victory.

while leading 3-0 in the fourth set, his racket bounced off the court and smacked him hard on the bridge of his nose.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion had to be given a medical timeout as a result of the hit. he laid on his back in excruciating pain.

Nadal recovered and secured the victory with the support of the partisan crowd.

With this victory, he advances to the third round where he will face Richard Gasquet. With 17 victories over the Frenchman, Nadal has a good record vs him.

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