Verdasco Vanquishes Nadal

Rafael Nadal has become a shock first round Australian Open casualty after suffering a five-set defeat to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Tuesday in Melbourne.  Verdasco vanquished his countryman 7-6, 4-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena.  He took four hours and 41 minutes to defeat the 14-time Major winner, who suffers first round elimination at Melbourne Park for the first time in his career.

Kevin Anderson also suffered first round elimination after a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 3-0 beating at the hands of American Rajeev Ram.  After going down in a 58-minute first set tiebreaker the 11th seed came back to reverse the scenario in the second winning by the same score in the same time frame.  However Ram rallied and finished off Anderson in just 52 minutes as he helped himself to the victory on Show Court 3 after Anderson pulled up injured.

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s third seed Andy Murray had no such problems.  Murray defeat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 at the Margaret Court Arena.  The Briton hit 28 winners and 20 unforced errors along the way while Zverev was guilty of 43 unforced errors on the day.

2014 champion Stanislas Wawrinka is also through after Dmitry Tursunov retired after just one point in the third set at Melbourne Park. Wawrinka was leading 7-6, 6-3, 15-0 when the Russian called it quits.