At the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, the first of the grand slam events in tennis, there was a major shock at the quarter final stages, as world number on, Rafael Nadal was beaten in straight sets (6-4 6-2 6-3) by the number seven seed, David Ferrer.
It comes, as Nadal was trying to become only the third person ever to win the four grand slam titles, back to back. Nadal said in his pre-tournament press conference, las Saturday, that it would be difficult to win the tournament this week, and so it wouls seem as he lost in straight sets, even though the defeat was largely due to an injury which Rafa. suffered part-way through the match.
Top seed Nadal had his left leg strapped up early in the first set but the heavy-hitting Ferrer showed his friend and fellow Spaniard little mercy, whilst moving into a two set lead, and while Nadal hung in gamely after going 2-0 down in the third set, seventh seed Ferrer held his nerve to secure a semi-final debut in Melbourne.
It was the first time Nadal had lost in a major since retiring hurt against Murray in last year’s Australian Open quarter-finals. And injury destroyed the world number one’s dream of holding all four majors simultaneously – the so-called ‘Rafa Slam’ on Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. “This is a difficult day for me,” said Nadal, while adding that he preferred to not talk about the nature of his injury. “For respect to the winner and to a friend, I prefer to talk about the match. “Today I can’t do more than what I did, he played at a very high level.”
Ferrer said: “This is one big victory for me, but it’s not like a victory really. He was playing with injury and I had luck. But I played my game.” Ferrer, had the nine-time major winner on the back foot from the outset, going blow for blow from the back of the court and hitting winners from both flanks.
The number seven seed, David Ferrer, will now face number five seed, and British number 1, Andy Murray, who overcame Alexandr Dolgopolov, in four sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3. In the other half of the draw, third seed Novak Djokovic, who beat Thomas Berdych in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-1, will play the world number two, and number two seed, Roger Federer, who beat his fellow countryman, Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.
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