At the US Open, Nadal overcomes a horrific accident injury

Rafael Nadal avoided a rare injury scare on Thursday to get to the third round of the US Open after accidently hitting himself with his own racket.

Fabio Fognini of Italy was upset by the Spaniard 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, but only after the Italian had an odd self-inflicted injury when leading 3-0 in the fourth set.

The four-time winner and owner of a men's record 22 Grand Slam championships suffered an injury when his racquet hit him directly in the nose

The 36-year-old laid on his back with his nose wounded after dropping his racket on the Arthur Ashe Stadium floor and sprinting to the sidelines.

The winner of the Australian and French Opens needed a medical stoppage to have the wound attended to before continuing the game while wearing a bandage across his nose.

Nadal said, "I felt a little bit disoriented and it was a little bit unpleasant," adding that he has previously experienced a similar ailment brought on by a golf club.

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