Spanish tennis star, David Ferrer (7), put out an injured Rafael Nadal (1) in their Australian Open 2011 quarter-final.
Ferrer won through 6-4 6-2 6-3 against a first seed who called for a medical timeout in just the third game, and could, at times, barely move around the court.
This was not a vintage semi-final, and Nadal looked to be playing through severe pain for much of this match.
Even Nadal cannot play without legs, so the result looked beyond doubt as soon as Ferrer had got his nose in front in the second set: if Nadal was to get anything like a foothold in this match, it would be through short, punchy rallies.
Nadal went out with an injury at this phase last year; he could have retired today, but battled on valiantly, and in vain, as his compatriot simply worked the ball into areas he could not get to with his injury.
At the end of every point, Nadal grimaced, and a workmanlike David Ferrer performance – which also featured some cultured shots of real class – set up a semi-final appearance with last year’s beaten finalist Andy Murray.
Ferrer may rest assured that a fit Andy Murray will pose a more serious threat than he faced in the quarter final today. While he has beaten Murray three times, he’s never achieved that feat on a hardcourt – only clay – so he enters uncharted waters on Friday.
Last year, Nadal was not beaten in a Grand Slam all season after he retired from the Australian Open: fans of men’s singles tennis will be hoping this injury proves as easy for the player to overcome.