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By
Christophe Mallet, Dario Castaldo

20 Jan 2016 - 12:31 AM  UPDATED 20 Jan 2016 - 12:35 AM

 

On Day 2 of the 2016 Australian Open fifth seed Rafa Nadal suffered a shock loss when he was defeated in 5 sets by fellow Spaniard Fernardo Verdasco.

The 2009 champion was up 2-0 in the fifth, before conceding the last 6 games in a row.

Later in the day, Rod Laver Arena featured an all-Aussie first round match between wild card James Duckworth and two-times Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt.

The 34 year old from Adelaide postponed his farewell to tennis for at least one more match with a 7-6 6-2, 6-4 win.

Hewitt now faces David Ferrer from Spain in the second round.

Earlier in the day, second seed Andy Murray dropped just six games cruising through 2014 Australian Open Junior Champion Alexander Zverev.


Another rising star, Thanasi Kokkinakis, withdrew from the Melbourne event due to a shoulder injury.

The South Australian, who reached the 3rd round last year,  won’t be available for next month’s Davis Cup tie against the United States, but still hopes to be ready for the Rio Olympics.

Sam Groth had the best of Frenchman Adrian Mannarino to earn a spot in the second round, where he faces Andy Murray. 


While number 16 seed Bernard Tomic recovered from a set down to beat Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin and is next up against Italy’s Simone Bolelli.

In the women’s draw, eight seed Venus Williams has been upset by Australian-born, UK player Johanna Konta, while world number two Simona Halep lost in straight sets to Chinese qualifier Shuai Zhang.

After notching her first Grand Slam match win in 15 starts, Zhang's emotions were evident.

On Wednesday, Aussie Grand Slam debutante Omar Jasika will face Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in round two.


The 19 year old Melbourne native feels like he has nothing to lose against the 2008 Australian Open Finalist.