In a scary moment, defending champion Rafael Nadal collapsed toward the end of his presser today at the US Open. CBS just ran the video which showed Nadal sliding off his interview chair and falling to the floor. Later, Nadal revealed he incident was due to leg cramps.
“I just have cramping in my leg,” Nadal said in a statement. “That’s all. I don’t know. There are no questions. I already finished my press conference in English. I talked half an hour. I just have cramping in front and behind. That’s why I, was so painful. That’s all.”
In a CBS interview moments ago with Mary Jo Fernandez, Nadal joked it was very humid today, and the cramping episode was something that happens often to him, just not during an interviews. More so in the locker room.
Nadal was a straight set 76, 61, 75 winner over David Nalbandian today.
“Very happy the first set and second set I think I played a very high level,” Nadal said. “Even if he was beating me 4 2 and 5 4 on serve, I was very pleased about how I played the first set, no? He was playing fantastic in my opinion at the beginning. I didn’t have unforced errors. I played well. I just tried to wait my moment.”
Nadal will face Gilles Muller on Tuesday.
Andy Roddick on Nadal’s cramp: “Not to put a dampener on the story, which I know you guys think is really big, but people cramp after matches when you’re cold. It’s just something that happens. It’s just unfortunate it happened in front of you all. Every single player in there has had that happen before. Every single one. What we do, we run around, run miles and miles and miles and miles on the tennis court in nasty weather. You throw nerves in there, I mean, it happens. As long as it doesn’t happen during a match, you’re fine.”
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