Nadal pulls out of Australian Open — RT Sport News

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The current champion lost to American Mackenzie MacDonald.

First-round seed Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Australian Open on Wednesday after losing in the second round to Mackenzie MacDonald of the United States. Nadal had to undergo treatment during the match as he suffered a groin injury, but his opponent made the most of the opportunity to claim one of the biggest wins of his career.

Macdonald won 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in just over two hours and 30 minutes, ending Nadal’s hopes of retaining the title he won last season by defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the final.

Nadal, already struggling after dropping the first set, had to stop while trailing in the second set and take a medical timeout to treat his hip. The 36-year-old Spaniard opted to continue but was unable to turn the tide as Macdonald, 27, booked his place in the third round.

Nadal’s wife was injured again as her husband watched in tears from the stands at the Rod Laver Arena. Nadal’s departure eliminates one of the main title contenders in Melbourne, where record-breaking nine-time winner Novak Djokovic returned this year after a dramatic layoff in 2022.

Elsewhere in the draw, two-time Australian Open runner-up Medvedev was drawn in the same quarter of the draw as Nadal and could have met him in the last eight, but that meeting will not happen.

Nadal’s exit marks the first time the Australian Open has reached the second round since Gustavo Kuerten in 2001. Some fans may be wondering if this is the last time they will see Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam winner, in Melbourne. , these are his constant injury problems in recent years.

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