When he emerged from the locker room after a medical timeout in the first set, Rafael Nadal, head down, trudged onto the court with a mix of frustration and disappointment on his face. As he walked to get his racquet, he looked up, caught the eyes of his Uncle Toni, his longtime coach and mentor, and gave a simple shake of the head. "Nope."
The quest for the Rafa Slam ended Wednesday night in Melbourne when Rafael Nadal dropped his quarterfinal match at the Australian Open in straight sets to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. Nadal had been seeking his fourth straight win in a major.
Hobbled in the second game of the match, Nadal received medical attention twice in the opening set. It was later revealed to be an injured left thigh that left the nine-time Grand Slam champ out of sorts for the entire affair. He never got comfortable in the first set, losing 6-4. At times, he could be overheard muttering, "It's not working."
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