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NEW YORK (AP) — The latest news on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):

Rafael Nadal came back to win at the US Open after cutting the bridge of his nose when his racket bounced off the court and hit him in the face against Fabio Fognini.

Nadal was bleeding and took a medical time out. A trainer put a bandage on his nose.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion won the second round match 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

They started Thursday evening and ended after midnight.

Play resumed about five minutes late when Nadal suffered the injury on the first point of a match with Nadal leading 3-0 in the fourth set.

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Rafael Nadal was cut on the bridge of his nose when his racket bounced off the court and hit him in the face during the fourth set of their second-round match at the US Open.

Nadal was bleeding and took a medical time out. The 22-time Grand Slam champion lay on his back on the sidelines while being treated by a trainer.

Fognini went to see Nadal.

Play resumed after approximately five minutes of delay.

It happened on the first point of a match with Nadal ahead at 3-0 in the fourth set.

He was moving to his right when he hit a backhand and his racket swerved off the ground and caught him in the nose. Nadal winced immediately, dropped his racquet and brought his right hand to his face. Then he placed both hands on his head, before stepping onto the touchline.

Serena and Venus Williams were eliminated by Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova 7-6(5), 6-4 in the first round of women’s doubles.

Arthur Ashe Stadium had never hosted a first-round doubles match until this one featuring two American sisters who combined to win 14 Grand Slam doubles titles but teamed up for the first time since the French Open 2018.

Noskova, 17, was making her Grand Slam doubles debut. Hradecka, 37, has won two major doubles trophies with a different partner.

Serena and Venus Williams will have to come from behind to say in the women’s doubles tournament.

The sisters lost the first set in a tiebreaker, with Lucia Hradecka and Linda Noskova winning 7-5.

The Williams sisters have won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles and decided to play together again after Serena said she was preparing to end her tennis career.

Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula, the second seed, were eliminated in the first round of women’s doubles.

The team of Leylah Fernandez and Daria Saville, 2021 US Open finalists, beat the Americans 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

Gauff and Pegula were French Open runners-up and Gauff, 18, recently became the second-youngest player to reach No. 1 in the WTA doubles rankings.

Gauff also reached the US Open final last year with partner Caty McNally.

Serena and Venus Williams are back on the doubles court together for their first match in four years.

The 14-time Grand Slam doubles champions will face the Czech team of Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova.

As Serena Williams was preparing to end her tennis career, the sisters decided to play again in this tournament which they won twice. Venus served first to open their match.

Nick Kyrgios was fined $7,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct in his second-round win on Wednesday.

Kyrgios was warned after using profanity towards someone in the stands. It appeared the Wimbledon runner-up was yelling at someone in his own box, telling the person to be more supportive or leave.

The temperamental Aussie also complained to the chair umpire about the smell of marijuana in the second set.

The fine was the highest imposed on a player in the tournament so far.

It will be Friday night in the spotlight for Serena Williams.

Williams’ third-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic is set to open the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday. Williams has played at the same spot on the schedule for both matches so far in what could be the last tournament of his career.

Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev will follow against Wu Yibing, the first Chinese to win a US Open match in the professional era, which began in 1968.

Andy Murray opens the day’s play on Ashe against No. 13 seed Matteo Berrettini, followed by a meeting between Americans Coco Gauff and Madison Keys.

No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz beat Argentina’s Federico Coria 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the third round.

Alcaraz picked up their 46th win of the season, tying Stefanos Tsitsipas for the ATP Tour lead. Tsitsipas was knocked out in the first round of the US Open.

Coria ended Alcaraz’s first professional tournament by knocking them out in the second round in Rio de Janeiro in 2020. Since then, the 19-year-old Spaniard has rapidly climbed the world rankings while winning four titles this year.

American Jenson Brooksby earned a third-round berth by upsetting No. 25 seed Borna Coric 6-4, 7-6 (10), 6-1.

Brooksby reached the fourth round last year aged 20, taking a set from Novak Djokovic before crashing. He was the youngest American to do so since Andy Roddick reached the quarter-finals in 2002 at the same age.

Coric is coming off the hard court tune-up in Cincinnati, but Brooksby pulled away after winning the 77-minute second set in the tiebreaker.

Brooksby will face number 3 Carlos Alcaraz or Federico Coria on Saturday.

Top-ranked Iga Swiatek had no problem with Sloane Stephens, beating the 2017 US Open champion 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the third round.

In his 50th win of the season at the top of the WTA Tour, Swiatek easily handled his opener at Arthur Ashe Stadium, breaking Stephens’ serve four times.

Stephens fell to 0-10 against the No. 1 ranked players.

Other early winners included No. 8 seed Jessica Pegula, No. 13 Belinda Bencic and three-time US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka.

No. 1 Iga Swiatek will have to defeat former US Open champion Sloane Stephens to avoid becoming the next best woman at the US Open.

Rafael Nadal will need to beat the first player to come back after two sets to beat him in a Grand Slam match to continue his unbeaten season in the majors.

Nadal will face Fabio Fognini in the final drink at Arthur Ashe Stadium, after Serena and Venus Williams have played their opening women’s doubles match. Fognini beat the four-time US Open champion in New York in 2015.

The afternoon game on Ashe was scheduled to start with Swiatek facing the 2017 champion at Flushing Meadows. Already, No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit – who lost to Serena Williams on Wednesday – and No. 3 Maria Sakkari are absent, along with former champions Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu.

Men’s No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz was expected to follow the Swiatek-Stephens match against Federico Coria.

The first round of doubles tournaments began on Wednesday and continued on Thursday. The Williams sisters were to play the Czech duo of Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova.

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