Rafael Nadal route to the final | Injury sends Nadal crashing out

Andrew Francis in Australian Open 18 Jan 2023

Rafael Nadal has seen his Australian Open hopes end in the second round with a hip injury leading to a straight set defeat to Mackenzie McDonald. 

Nadal pulled up with a hip problem when he was already a set down, resulting in a medical time out. Although Nadal battled on, he was unable to perform at his best and failed to push McDonald hard enough.

It was a harsh end to the Spaniard’s Grand Slam campaign, especially after the latter half of his 2022 season was also blighted by injury and questions will now be raised as to whether his time at the very top of the game may be coming to an end.

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Rafael Nadal potential route to Australian Open final

Round Potential Opponent
Round one bt Jack Draper 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-1
Round two lost to Mackenzie McDonald 4-6 4-6 5-7
Round three
Round four
Quarter-final
Semi-final
Final

*Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) is a capacity under which athletes can compete at international sporting competitions without representing their nations. As of January 2023, only Russian and Belarusian athletes of some sports have competed or are competing within the ANA capacity.

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