This is not how I want Nadal to lose (and end his streak), and definitly not to Youzhny, not like that.
I'm pretty sure Roger would be unhappy with it either, if Rafa is coming down with something.
I hope its nothing serious and Rafa has his peace of mind before the match begins.
TELLING IT LIKE IT IS: "“Every tennis lover would like, someday, to play like Federer ...But every man wants to BE Rafael Nadal. Which is different.” --PHILIPPE BOUIN, writer; also, a rare, unbiased Frenchman
ROME: Rafael Nadal went to a hospital for a checkup following a dizzy spell Thursday and may miss a chance to extend his 73-match clay-court winning streak.
Nadal was scheduled to play 15th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny in the third round of the Rome Masters later Thursday.
"This morning he went to hospital for more exams," Nadal's spokesman, Benito Barbadillo, told The Associated Press. "His intention is still to play. We'll see what happens. There were two things bothering him. Yesterday they didn't know what one of them was."
Barbadillo said he had no further information as to what exactly was bothering Nadal.
Nadal said he felt dizzy after his second-round win over Daniele Bracciali on Wednesday.
"Before the match I went to see the doctor and he said it was nothing," Nadal said. "Now I'm going back."
Nadal is aiming to become the first player to win this French Open warmup three consecutive times. Youzhny beat Nadal in their last two meetings — both on hard courts.