Rafael Nadal loses at Australian Open hampered by a bad hip

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By Euronews  with AP
Rafael Nadal loses to American Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.
Rafael Nadal loses to American Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.   -   Copyright  Dita Alangkara/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved

Rafael Nadal said he felt "sad" and "tired" on Wednesday, after his earliest exit at a Grand Slam since the 2016 Australian Open when he was eliminated in the first round.

The defending champion and No.1 seed at Melbourne Park injured his left hip and lost to Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round, abruptly ending his bid for a record-extending 23rd Grand Slam trophy.

“It's a tough moment. It's a tough day,” Nadal said.

“I can't say that I am not destroyed mentally at this moment, because I would be lying.”

At night, 2022 French Open runner-up Coco Gauff got past 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a second-round meeting between the two young stars.

“I know a lot of people were looking forward to that matchup,” Gauff said.

“I’m glad we got the prime spot. I hope we delivered."

Seeded men who won included No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No.6 Felix Auger-Aliassime, No.7 Daniil Medvedev  - the runner-up to Nadal last year and to Novak Djokovic in 2021, No.15 Jannik Sinner and No.16 Frances Tiafoe.

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