Defending Champion Rafael Nadal Out Of Australian Open

Defending champion Rafael Nadal out of Australian Open loses in straight sets in the second round. USA’s Mackenzie McDonald advanced to the third round after knocking out Nadal 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.’ Nadal, the No. 1 seed in this year’s first Grand Slam, as McDonald secured the biggest win of his career. The American played with great poise & precision early on before Nadal’s injury changed the tone with which he was playing. Facing the 65th-ranked American Nadal produced his ‘worst Grand Slam result in seven years.

The Spanish 36-year-old, who was struggling with what appeared to be a hip injury, took time out. He continued after a brief period of a break but couldn’t match the tempo he had before.

“He’s in absolute disbelief of what just happened,” Jim Courier said during commentary when Nadal had taken a medical timeout during the second set. “There is nothing in the swing in this backhand which was a beautiful winner that would have indicated there was a problem but there certainly is.

Australian Open: Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal knocked out by Mackenzie McDonald | Tennis News | Sky Sports

“I just hope it’s not the same problem that took him out of Wimbledon last year when he had won so many matches in a row. He had won two matches in a row. He was tracking for the calendar year Grand Slam and then unable to take the court in the semifinals. This is a point later. You can see he has problems Tod and they’re real.”

Even Nadal’s wife Maria Francisca Perello was in tears seeing her husband struggle in the middle.

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