A clearly hurting Rafael Nadal lost his second-round match at the Australian Open to Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-4, 7-5, abruptly ending his title defence and bid for a record-extending 23rd Grand Slam trophy.
It was not immediately clear what was bothering Rafa, but he pulled up awkwardly at the end of a point late in the second set against the 65th-ranked McDonald.
Rafa was visited by a trainer on the sideline, then left the court for a medical timeout. Up in the stands, his wife wiped away tears. Rafa returned to play, but was physically compromised and not his usual indefatigable self.