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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, knocked out, farewell, crowd applause, two greats, injury, MacKenzie McDonald

For the first time since 2000, the Australian Open men’s singles draw will be without Rafael Nadal and the now retired Roger Federer in the third round.

An injured Nadal crashed out of the grand slam in shock scenes to American Mackenzie McDonald on Wednesday after falling a set and break down early.

And there’s fears it’s the last we’ve seen of Nadal in Australia, as he took his time enjoying the farewell the crowd gave him before making his way up the tunnel.

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“You never know what to read into moments like that,” tennis great Jim Courier said.

“This might be the last time here – let’s hope its not. If it is, he’s certainly left a big mark.”

Pulling up lame midway through the second set, the reigning champion…

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