Nadal vows to fight on despite Oz Open early exit

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Johannesburg, Jan.20 (ANI): World number five Rafael Nadal has vowed to compete much better next time following his early exit from the first major of the season, Australian Open.

Nadal suffered a major blow as he was knocked out in the opening round of the Australian Open at the hands of Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 2-6.

Reflecting on his defeat, the 28-year-old said that it was a really tough match, but insisted that he did everything to claim victory,Sport24 reported.

Describing the Australian Open as `very important`, Nadal said that he had been practicing a lot for this tournament and that it was quite disappointing to lose it.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion further admitted that the game of tennis had become a bit more challenging and crazy as everyone try harder to win the matches.

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He, however, added that his real mission was to make his rivals play with difficult positions in the game , so that the chance of their success would be less.

Nadal will now head into his favourite Grand Slam French Open at Roland Garros, where he is a nine-time champion, in late May.(ANI)

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