Nadal stunned by Verdasco in Australian Open first round.MELBOURNE: World number five Rafael Nadal was sent smashing out of the Australian Open first round by kindred Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco in an epic five-set match on Tuesday.
Verdasco won the thriller 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in four hours, 41 minutes to hand 14-time Grand Slam victor Nadal just his second ever first-round annihilation at a noteworthy competition.
The most recent reprimanding misfortune for Nadal, 29, broadens a Grand Slam drought which does a reversal to the 2014 French Open, and will increment fears over his long haul capacity to contend at the tip top level.
The rollercoaster experience likewise reviews the 2009 semi-last between the two Spanish left-handers which Nadal won in five hours and 14 minutes, the second longest match in competition history, on the way to his just Australian Open title.
Verdasco searched set out toward the way out when he trailed 0-2 right on time in the fifth set, just to reel off six straight amusements to grab just his third triumph in 17 experiences with Nadal.
Verdasco was ablaze with his pounding forehand, hitting 41 forehand champs in a sum of 90 through and through victors.
His win big or bust methodology was appeared by his 91 unforced blunders as he trailed Nadal by two sets to one in an amazing hitting show on Rod Laver Arena.
He broke Nadal’s serve five times, while losing his administration on six events in the skirmish of the left-handers.
“I think I played unimaginable in the last set from that early break and I began hitting victors,” said the 45th-positioned Verdasco.
“I began serving better in the fourth set and he began to hit somewhat less profound so I began to come in increasingly and attempted to be forceful and went well.”
It was the first run through Nadal had lost in the opening round of a noteworthy competition since his stun misfortune to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon in 2013.