Opposite fortunes for Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray

SPANISH: tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.

SPANISH tennis superstar Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Australian Open this week in atypical style by putting in a sluggish, poor performance against Tomas Berdych.

Losing in straight sets to the world number seven would not have been on the cards beforehand for the former world number one, but Nadal’s underwhelming play saw him win only to games in two sets in the first hour, before mounting an unsuccessful comeback in the third to take it to a tie-break, which Berdych won.

A final score of 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) saw Berdych beat Nadal for the first time in 17 meetings and go through to the semi-finals where he will face Andy Murray, who saw off Nick Kyrgios this Tuesday morning with a final result of 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. 

The second round of quarter-finals will take place tomorrow between the world number one Novak Djokovic versus Milos Raonic, and Stan Wawrinka will play Kei Nishikori of Japan. 

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