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Rafael Nadal out in 1st round of Australian Open!!

On Tuesday 19 January 2016, former world number one, Rafael Nadal,  was left shaking his head at the Australian Open after he suffered  his second first-round exit at a Grand Slam championship.

Verdasco after winning the match
Verdasco after winning the match at Australian Open

Spain’s left hander Fernando Verdasco, eliminated Nadal 7-6(6) 4-6 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2  in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament at Melbourne Park, sealing the four hour and 41-minute classic with a cross-court winner that left the crowd stunned and amazed in the late day session.

In 2009 , Nadal won his only Australian title after overcoming Spaniard and left-hander  in a 5-hour, 14-minute semifinal, a match that still ranks among one of the classics at Melbourne Park.

Nadal & Verdasco after match
Nadal & Verdasco after match

After the loss Nadal said felt competitive and couldn’t explain the loss after so much practice:

“In terms of being competitive, I was competitive,”

“In terms of creating damage to the opponent with my forehand, I didn’t. So I was hitting forehands, and he was able to keep hitting winners. [It] cannot happen when I am hitting my forehand… That was the biggest issue for me today”

“The match is a tough one to lose for me obviously,” said Nadal. “It’s not like last year, when I arrived here playing bad and not feeling ready for it. This year was a completely different story. I have been playing and practising great and working so much. It is tough when you work so much and arrived at a very important event and you’re going out too early.”

“I know I did everything that I could to be ready for it. It was not my day. There is no more things to do other than keep practising hard and keep practising the same way that I have been doing for the past four, five months.”

Source : ATP