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Australian Open: Fernando Verdasco knocks out Rafael Nadal in five-set thriller

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:26 IST

Former World no 1 Rafael Nadal has crashed out of the Australian Open after losing to compatriot Fernando Verdasco in a five-set thriller in the first-round in Melbourne on Tuesday, 19 January.

Nadal, who was aiming to end his major drought since June 2014, lost a close first-set in the tie-breaker to Verdasco. However, the 14-time Grand Slam champion levelled things up after winning the second set 6-4.

Nadal continued to turn on the heat on Verdacso in the third set, which he won 6-3. However, Verdasco fought back in the fourth set, and constantly attacked Nadal's serve.

The set went to a tiebreaker, and Verdasco won it to set up a deciding fifth set. Nadal lost his rhythm in the final set, and Verdasco broke him early to step closer to a win.

In the eight game, Verdasco broke Nadal again to win the match 7-6 (6) 4-6 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-2.

First published: 19 January 2016, 2:10 IST
 
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