Nadal fails to pull off the Rafa slam

January 26, 2011

TENNIS-OPEN/Rafa Nadal was stunned 6-4 6-2 6-3 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, ending his quest for a non-calendar grand slam.

A leg injury contributed to the defeat but maybe the task of holding all four majors at once is almost impossible these days, despite Nadal and Roger Federer’s dominance.

This loss is unlikely to affect the Spaniard greatly going forward. The way he bounced back from adversity last year was remarkable and Federer will know the battle is only just beginning.

Nadal was in tears and had his head in his hands at one point, the pain of the injury and the weight of expectation just proving too much.

Any thoughts on how the rest of the year will now pan out?

Rafael Nadal of Spain leaves after losing his quarter-final match against compatriot David Ferrer at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 26, 2011. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

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