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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal's bid to win four straight Grand Slam tournaments is over.
The injured Nadal lost his quarterfinal 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer at the Australian Open.
Nadal, who appeared to have tears in his eyes during a changeover while trailing 3-0 in the third set, took a medical timeout for an apparent leg injury after three games and was clearly out of sorts, failing to chase down balls that he would ordinarily return easily.
"This is a difficult day for me," Nadal said, adding that he preferred to not talk about the nature of the injury.
"Today I can't do more than what I did, he played at a very high level."
When pressed about the injury, Nadal added: "I don't have to tell you what I felt on the court, but it is obvious I did not feel at my best. I had a problem with the match at the very beginning, and after that, the match was almost over."
It was the second year in a row he lost in the quarterfinals here due to injury — in 2010 he retired against Andy Murray due to a right knee ailment that kept him off the tour for two months, again on the Australia Day national holiday.
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