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Defending champion Rafael Nadal ousted from Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal bowed his head during changeovers and rested his elbows on his knees,

1 seed at Melbourne Park, Nadal injured his left hip and lost to Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-4, 7-5

"I can't say that I am not destroyed mentally at this moment, because I would be lying

The 36-year-old Spanish player pulled up awkwardly at the end of a point late in the second

Nadal returned to play but was physically compromised and not his usual indefatigable self, saying afterward he

He said the hip had been bothering him for a couple of days but that it was

Nadal was not exactly sure of the nature of the injury, saying he will have medical tests

He kept fighting until basically the end, even though he maybe didn't have all his game,''

This is Nadal's earliest exit at any Grand Slam tournament since bowing out in the first round

McDonald has never been past the fourth round at a major tournament

In his lone previous matchup against Nadal, at the 2020 French Open, McDonald won a total of just

7 Daniil Medvedev -- the runner-up to Nadal last year and to Novak Djokovic in 2021 -- No

Something to tell his grandkids one day, and you have to be happy for that guy

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Nadal arrived in Melbourne with an 0-2 record this season, making him 1-6 dating to September, when

I thought I was playing really well, serving great, returning well too," McDonald said

Out of sorts, Nadal got into a back-and-forth with chair umpire Marijana Veljovic during breaks in action

After one point in that set, Nadal showed real signs of trouble

He squatted behind the baseline and placed his racket down on the court

Nadal watched a couple of serves off McDonald's racket fly past him then was checked on by