18/01/2023 01:54 PM | Click to read full article
A clearly hurting Rafael Nadal lost his second-round match at the Australian Open to Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 on Wednesday, abruptly ending his title defence and bid for a record-extending 23rd Grand Slam trophy. The No. 1-seeded Nadal was visited by a trainer on the sideline, then left the court for a medical timeout. This is Nadal's earliest exit at any Grand Slam tournament since bowing out in the first round in Melbourne in 2016 against No. 45 Fernando Verdasco.