Tennis-Former champion Nadal knocked out in the first round of Australian Open
Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd as he leaves after losing his first round match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

MELBOURNE:  Fernando Verdasco sent shockwaves through the Australian Open on Tuesday by defeating Rafa Nadal 7-6(6) 4-6 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2 to send the former world number one crashing out of the tournament’s opening round.

The first-round exit was 2009 champion Nadal’s first at Melbourne Park and only his second at a grand slam.

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