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Rafael Nadal dumped out of Australian Open first round by Fernando Verdasco

• Former world No1 goes down in five sets at Rod Laver Arena
• Nadal concedes: ‘It was not my day. Let’s keep going’

It is an increasingly sad sight to see Rafael Nadal leave a big tournament ahead of schedule. His ambitions to add to his 14 majors remains strong but his exit in the first round on day two was the third time in as many slams the Spaniard has failed to reach the second week.

After winning a major every year for a decade, he failed to get past the quarter-finals of his virtually franchised French Open last summer then suffered further indignity: Dustin Brown dusted him up in the second round at Wimbledon, and Fabio Fognini put him out of the US Open. on Tuesday, his friend Fernando Verdasco delivered the blade.

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