Rafael Nadal, winner of Fabio Fognini in the 2nd round of the US Open: “I remained positive”

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Rafael Nadal, winner of Fabio Fognini in the 2nd round of the US Open: “I remained positive”

” How do you feel ?
I’m in a little pain, honestly, but okay. I’m happy to get out of it after a bad start. I still don’t understand how I started so badly because I felt good before the game. This kind of thing happens sometimes, so you have to accept and continue. That’s what I did. Luckily Fabio made a few mistakes and I was able to finish the game obviously playing better, much better.

It seemed a bit scary what happened with your racquet (the Mallorcan has opened his nose). Impossible to say if you felt good. Was it that much of a shock to you?
We don’t need to make a story out of it. It was just a blow. At first, I thought I had broken my nose because it was very painful. I lost the “feeling” of my head a little. In a way, maybe I deserved it after playing so poorly for a while (laughter).

“I think at the end of today’s game I definitely played better than in the first round”

With this victory, you are qualified for the Masters for the 17th time.
I knew I would be there for a while because winning two Grand Slams, it’s hard not to be there. But yeah, that’s good news of course. It’s better than what we expected when we started the year because we didn’t really know how things were going to go. So yes, happy. But things continue here. Glad to be alive after tonight (Thursday). It’s time to play better. I hope to be ready to make it happen. I train much better than I play. It’s a positive thing. I have to make sure that happens again in matches. I think at the end of today’s game I definitely played better than in the first round. It is an improvement.

There’s no one better than you for playing through the pain. Do you focus on your pain, try to understand it or ignore it?
I do not know. It depends on the injury you have. I knew when I got back on the court I was going to be in trouble for a while. The most important thing in this sport, when you play badly or the opponent plays too well, is to be able to stay in touch. Tonight, I stayed positive. You just have to accept the situation, stay humble. »

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