Rafael Nadal accidentally hit himself in the face with his own racket to defeat Fabio Fannini in the second round of the US Open.

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The 36-year-old had to fight back from a slow start to beat Fanini in

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four sets 2-6 6-4 6-2 6-1 on Thursday night at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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But the victory came at a terrifying moment in what was to be the

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final set, which left the 22-time Grand Slam champion bloodied.

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As the Spaniard reached to return a forehand to Fannini, Nadal's

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racket bounced off the court and inadvertently hit him in the face.

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Nadal immediately grabbed his nose, dropping the racket and losing the point.