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Rafael Nadal defeats Fabio Fognini in four sets in

Nadal immediately grimaced, dropped his racket, put a palm to his face and then placed both hands

He said it was a "shock" when it happened and he felt "a little bit out of

Asked during his on-court interview whether he'd ever had that happen before, he mustered a chuckle and

"Well, just a little bit dizzy at the beginning," said Nadal, who has won four of his 22

After making contact with the ball, his racket deflected off the ground and smacked him on the

He would lose that game but not another, improving to 21-0 in Grand Slam matches in 2022

The match against Fognini, who beat him at the 2015 US Open, did not begin auspiciously for Nadal

"For more than one hour and a half, I was not competing," Nadal said

"I was lucky, honestly, that Fabio made some mistakes in that second set," Nadal said

But from there, it was Fognini who faltered, missing four shots in a row to get broken

"I let him back in the match and he kept getting better from there

In the third, Nadal produced one particularly perfect shot -- a forehand on the run that redirected

Not long after, that set belonged to Nadal, too, and he would collect 16 of the last 19 games