KEY BISCAYNE – Rafael Nadal doesn’t know how it happened.
But after coming right out of his shoe as he ran in vain for a brilliant Fabio Fognini drop shot during their Miami Open semi-final Friday, he said during the Spanish part of his post-match media conference that he’s going to have to go video replay to determined what happened.
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The Mallorcan seemed perplexed, and maybe a little embarrassed about the incident, which Fognini greatly enjoyed and everyone else got a big kick out of. But in discussing it afterwards, Nadal didn’t really see the humour; it cost him a point, and therefore is a problem that must be handled.
Nadal rebutted the myth that his shoes were a size or two smaller than his feet (which is why his feet always looked stuff into them) years ago, saying that he wore a size 10 1/2 shoe, but his Nikes were custom-made and officially size 10. But that was the extent of it.
After this little incident (which he said also happened on the practice court during this American hard-court swing), he might want to re-evaluate.