Rafael Nadal won’t grab his fourth straight Grand Slam tournament after being defeated by David Ferrer in straight sets during the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Ferrer took the match on Wednesday with a final of 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
After three games and down 3-0 Nadal appeared to have tears in his eyes during a changeover and took a medical timeout to have a leg injury examined.
After the match Nadal said:
“This is a difficult day for me,” and “Today I can’t do more than what I did, he played at a very high level.”
It’s the second year in a row that Nadal lost in the quarterfinals during the Australian Open. With a win at the tournament, Nadal would have been the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major trophies at one time.
When asked about his injury Nadal said:
“I don’t have to tell you what I felt on the court, but it is obvious I did not feel at my best. I had a problem with the match at the very beginning, and after that, the match was almost over.”
The Australian Open hasn’t been kind to the knees of Nadal who fell to Andy Murray last year while also suffering an injury to his knee.
Nadal has been sick since contracting a virus two weeks ago during play in Doha and he sweated more than normal during his recent match. While Nadal didn’t want to use his injury as an excuse he did say:
“In general, I had a virus. When you have a virus, your body goes down and you have more risk of everything,”
“That’s probably what happened. That’s the simple thing.”
Last years Nadal opponent Murray will now have to face off against this years opponent Ferrer for a chance to take on either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic for the major title.