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Rafael Nadal Out of the Australian Open Odds

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 18:59

Rafael Nadal Out of the Australian Open OddsRafael Nadal may no longer defended their title of champion in the Open tennis in Australia, today after leaving their quarter-final against Andy Murray because he felt a sting in his right knee.

Nadal called the physiotherapist with the score 1-0 and 15-15 against the third set. The second seed went out to the court, but only a few points after he decided to retire to lose 6 to 3, 7-6 (7-2), 3-0 and so bury their dream of repeating the glory at Melbourne Park reached a year ago .

"It happened toward the end of the second set was a bad gesture (movement) and felt a prick in the left knee in a (drop). At first I felt that something was wrong, and as he passed me more sore points and the final because he could not bend down or get well, "said the Spanish, who does not think the problem today is related to the injury in 2009 kept him away from the circuit a couple of months.

Murray, seeded fifth, will play Thursday with Croatian Marin Cilic for a place in Sunday's final. The Briton, who has no Grand Slam trophy in their display cases, had never gone beyond eighth in the Australian Open Odds.

Nadal, meanwhile, lost the world number two if Novak Djokovic expires tomorrow France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and reach the semifinals of the first Grand Slam of the season.

Nadal's injury hastened the end of the highest technical quality match so far in the tournament, in a packed Rod Laver Arena and it looked like his best nights in the day in which the Australians celebrated their national day.

The world number four, Murray took advantage with an exquisite repertoire of hits and a service that gave him free points when needed. Meanwhile, the Spanish opted for long and intense rallies, but was less accurate than at other times and ended up paying on the scoreboard before his physical problems made him give up.

"In the important moments I who dictated what happened on the court. I do not know when the knee began to hurt, but I think I played pretty well and deserved to be up when the game ended, "Murray said after his victory, only the third in ten encounters with Nadal.

In the first set, and after an exchange of breaks, Murray broke back for 4-2 and took the first set in just under an hour. In the second, everything was more at odds: Nadal again took advantage by breaking the Scot, but lost it immediately after a barrage of fireworks in the city scheduled for Australia Day party strangely interrupted for nine minutes.

Murray came close to bankruptcy in the eleventh game, but Nadal saved four break points. Soon after came the time of the tiebreaker in which Spanish was a shadow and the Briton was almost infallible. Even got a couple of unusual balloons on his palette of beats to keep the lengthy second heat-of-76 minutes and put the lawsuit it in their favor.

One sensed that the game was essentially over, that moment before Murray's size would require more than a miracle for Nadal to change history. No such epic. The British drew up the third set, and the injured Spanish to complete the picture negative to their interests.

When the clock marked 2:30 am accurate, Nadal said enough and buried his dream of starting the best 2010, after a year marked by injuries and a slump players. A 2009 that just had reported in January in Australia, his happiest moment. His seventh Grand Slam title by the time you must wait.

"I am a man of withdrawals, in fact I apologized to him because I do not usually do, but I'm not going to make mistakes I've made in the past, going to the limit, until the end and no option to play the most . That was, could not continue, "the Spanish.

For Murray, however, the Australian dream is still alive, and the next station, the penultimate in Melbourne Park, will have the chance to avenge Cilic, the Croatian giant who fell from the fight in the second round of the Australian Open Odds and now back up on their horizon.

"I think I'm ready to win a Grand Slam and I hope to do here," declared the Scot, who now at times amazed by her tennis.

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