Rafa Nadal is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He’s won 30 Grand Slams, including 14 French Open titles, and has dominated the sport for more than a decade. But Nadal also has had some pretty awful luck at the Australian Open in recent years. And unfortunately for him, it continued on Thursday night when he suffered an injury during his second-round match against Matthew Ebden and was forced to retire from the tournament.
Rafa’s Australian Open nightmare
Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open nightmare continued as the Spaniard was forced to retire from his second round match with a lower back injury.
Nadal was leading the contest against Steve Johnson 1-0 in sets when he had to quit, leaving him without a win at Melbourne Park since 2011 and extending his wait for another grand slam title to 20 months. The world No 2 had already been hampered by an abdominal problem during his opening match against Diego Schwartzman on Monday, then recovered from two sets down before losing in five sets after being forced off court by cramp.
The 32-year-old said on Wednesday morning that he still felt pain when hitting balls but hoped it would not affect him too much against Johnson; however after just three minutes of play he called for the trainer and was unable to continue playing due t
Nadal was leading the match before he retired with a lower back injury.
Nadal was leading the match before he retired with a lower back injury. He has been dealing with an ongoing knee issue that forced him to withdraw from last year’s Australian Open, but this is the first time he has withdrawn due to injury since 2016.
Nadal is one of the greatest players of all time and will be remembered as one of tennis’ best ever competitors. He holds multiple Grand Slam titles as well as Olympic gold medals from Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016.
The Spaniard was forced to quit in the second set, leaving him without a win at the Australian Open since 2011.
Rafael Nadal was forced to retire from his second-round match against Diego Schwartzman at the Australian Open on Wednesday, leaving him without a win at the tournament since 2011.
Nadal, who won the French Open for an 11th time last month, was leading 6-4 2-1 when he called it quits with a lower back injury. He had been struggling with leg problems throughout 2018 and looked in discomfort as he served for the set at 5-4 in the tiebreak before eventually losing it 7-6 (7/3).
The Spaniard’s withdrawal means there will be no Spanish players left in this year’s singles draw after Pablo Carreno Busta was beaten by Daniil Medvedev earlier on Wednesday.
Rafa has won this tournament five times in the past and is one of the greatest players of all time.
Rafa has won this tournament five times in the past and is one of the greatest players of all time. He’s a two-time French Open champion, with 14 Grand Slam titles overall — more than any other male player in history.
The Spaniard also came back from an injury at this year’s Australian Open after missing nearly eight months due to an elbow injury. But he was unable to make it past Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday night, losing 4-6 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-6 (8).
Nadal is one of the greatest players of all time and has won this tournament five times in the past. With his injury problems continuing, it’s hard to see him winning again anytime soon.