Rafael Nadal will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

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Rafael Nadal abandoned the Australian Open after suffering a left hip injury in the second round against Mackenzie McDonald. On Thursday, Rafa had medical testing; he will be out for six to eight weeks. The upcoming competitions in Doha and Dubai will therefore be missed by the Spaniard, and Indian Wells may also be in jeopardy.

During the inspection, Nadal‘s physician Angel Ruiz Cotorro was there, and they discovered Grade 2 iliopsoas in his left leg. After his most recent defeat, Rafa will probably leave the top-10, having joined the elite club in April 2005 and never left!

The defending champion Nadal dropped 2000 ATP points after losing to Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the Australian Open 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. At Rod Laver Arena, Rafa had trouble. He never found his flow there, and in the last moments of the second set, he hurt his left hip.

McDonald overcame an ailing opponent by playing well and maintaining his composure to move on to the third round. The American won five breaks out of eight chances, lost service just twice, and advanced to the top in grand fashion.

By playing courageous tennis and extending her advantage to four strokes in the shortest rallies, Mackenzie broke the opponent’s rhythm. In games one and five of the opening, the lower-ranked player got off to a fast start and defeated Rafa 4-1 in less than 20 minutes.

In game six, Nadal broke to cut the deficit, and McDonald saved a break point at 5-4 to seal the victory. The second set began with back-to-back breaks, and Rafa wasted a game point at 3-3 to lose and give the opponent the lead.

In Melbourne, Rafael Nadal had a hip injury during playing Mackenzie McDonald.

In the eighth game, the American delivered an ace to secure the lead, and the Spaniard requested a medical timeout for his left hip. Rafa held game nine to extend the set and his chances before leaving the field to take treatment.

After Nadal‘s worn-out forehand at 5-4, McDonald won the set to advance toward the final line. Rafa persevered and gave his all in the third set, fighting valiantly despite finding it difficult to move or execute a backhand.

At 4-4, he hit an ace on a break point and held to stay in the game. At 5-5, Mackenzie evened the match. She then won the following point with a backhand down the line. In game 12, when he was serving for victory, the American scored a service winner to win the match and unseat a 22-time Major champion.