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Nadal pulls out of French Open

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the French Open with a wrist injury, he has announced.

He said: "I arrived here with a little bit of pain but it was something I was able to manage, but every day it was a little bit worse. We spent a lot of hours here working so hard to try to play.

"Yesterday I played with an injection, with anaesthetic, and I could play but yesterday night I started to feel more and more pain and this morning I felt I couldn't move the wrist.

"I had a scan and the results are not positive. It's not broken but if I keep playing it's going to be broken the next couple of days.

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Nadal shocked by compatriot Verdasco fightback

Rafael Nadal is out. Credit: Reuters

Rafael Nadal bowed out in the Australian Open first round as fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco came from behind to win 7-6 (8/6), 4-6 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-2.

Nadal led by two sets to one and then 2-0 in the decider in Rod Laver Arena but Verdasco came roaring back, unleashing an incredible 90 winners en route to a superb victory.

Fernando Verdasco shocked his compatriot. Credit: Reuters

The world number 45 will now face Israel's Dudi Sela in round two, while Nadal exits a third consecutive grand slam in the first week.

"I played unbelievable in the fifth set from after the break he made against me," Verdasco said.

"I just started hitting winners - I don't know how. I was closing my eyes and everything was coming in."

Rafael Nadal gets Wimbledon campaign underway

Nadal hasn't reached the fourth round since 2011. Credit: PA

Rafael Nadal got his Wimbledon campaign underway against Brazilian Thomaz Belluci in London's sweltering heat this afternoon.

The 2008 and 2010 winner hasn't advanced past the fourth round since 2011, but started brightly today with a 6-4 victory in the first set.

Nadal currently leads Belluci 2-0 with an early break in the second set, and could meet British number one Andy Murray in the fourth round this year.

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Djokovic too good for Nadal in Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic overpowered eight-time champion Rafael Nadal to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Djokovic was too good for Nadal in Monte Carlo. Credit: Reuters

Djokovic, the world number one, will meet Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final and victory will see the Serb become the first player to sweep the opening three ATP World Tour Masters 1000s of the season.

The 27-year-old has not dropped a set on his 2015 clay-court debut this week and he was simply too good for Nadal as he closed out a comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory in one hour and 38 minutes.

Nadal managed an early break but Australian Open champion Djokovic levelled at 2-2 and broke the Spaniard in the eighth game to take a stranglehold on the first set.

Djokovic's second-set pressure told in the seventh game as he broke for a 4-3 lead and he rattled off the final two games, with only Berdych now in his way from adding the Monte Carlo title to his March Masters wins in Indian Wells and Miami.

Sixth seed Berdych booked a spot in his fourth Masters 1000 final by ending the run of wild card entry Gael Monfils 6-1 6-4.

Nadal suffers shock exit in Miami

Nadal was beaten by Verdasco. Credit: PA

Rafael Nadal was dumped out of the Miami Open on Sunday as he suffered a shock defeat to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

The second seed is a four-time finalist in Florida but has never won the tournament and will have to wait at least another year after going down 6-4 2-6 6-3 to his countryman.

Nadal fought back well after losing the first set and looked to have all the momentum but was broken to go 3-1 down in the third and Verdasco held his nerve to move into the last-16.

British third seed Andy Murray cruised to a 6-3 6-4 victory over Santiago Giraldo with the minimum of fuss.

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