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Australian Open 2023 results: Emma Raducanu loses to Coco Gauff in Melbourne
British number one Emma Raducanu is out of the Australian Open after losing in straight sets to Coco Gauff in a gripping second-round match.

Raducanu, ranked 77th in the world, acquitted herself very well against the American seventh seed but a lack of matches told in a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) defeat.

The 20-year-old had battled an ankle injury before the Melbourne major.

Defeat means Raducanu has not reached the third round of a Grand Slam since her stunning 2021 US Open win.

Had she been able to take one of two set points at 5-4 in the second - which would have forced a deciding set - it might have led to a different outcome.

Teenager Gauff, who famously reached the Wimbledon last 16 as a 15-year-old in 2019, is among the favourites to win the title at Melbourne Park.

"I told myself to hang in there, Emma played really good tennis towards the end of the match," said 18-year-old Gauff.

"It was a good quality match for the most part. This was a long anticipated match-up so I'm glad it was a good match for the crowd."

Aiming for her first Grand Slam triumph, Gauff will face Chinese 29th seed Qinwen Zheng or fellow American Bernarda Pera in the third round on Friday.

Raducanu's exit means there is no British interest left in the women's singles, while Cameron Norrie, Andy Murray and Dan Evans are still to play their second-round matches in the men's draw.

Norrie, seeded 11th, is scheduled to play in Wednesday's final match on Kia Arena, but it remains to be seen if he will get chance to take to the court against French world number 65 Constant Lestienne.

A backlog of matches still to be played remains after long rain delays in Melbourne meant play on the outside courts did not start until 5pm local time (06:00 GMT).

Raducanu can take pride and positivity from performance
Raducanu conceded it has been a "great achievement" even getting on to court at Melbourne Park this week following the ankle injury she sustained in Auckland 13 days ago.

Rolling the left ankle meant she had to retire from the match against Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova, leaving Raducanu in tears when she left the court.

Before her opening match against Germany's Tamara Korpatsch, she said she "fully trusted" the ankle but her movement was always going to be tested more against Gauff.

The issue did not appear to be factor as Raducanu went toe-to-toe with the French Open finalist in a match packed with intense baseline rallies.

Raducanu grew in confidence as the match went on, playing on the front foot and pinning Gauff back with her aggressive and accurate groundstrokes.

However, her lack of court time also told with some loose shots letting Gauff off the hook at pivotal moments, including when the Briton missed those two set points by hitting a slightly-impatient backhand long and then a drop-shot into the net.

While any defeat hurts, Raducanu will undoubtedly look back on this performance with plenty of pride and positivity for the future.

The start of a long rivalry?
Eyes were instantly drawn to this potential match-up when the draw for the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2023 season was made last week - and the contest between two of the sport's most exciting prospect did not disappoint.

True, lots of errors flowed from both racquets. But there was plenty of quality in an entertaining match which will have left many keen to see this develop into a long and enduring rivalry.

Gauff is the younger player with the greater experience, but Raducanu is the one who is already a major champion - a tag which Gauff is keen to add to her resume this season.

That is what made this match such an intriguing prospect.

Gauff warmed up for the Australian Open by winning a WTA event in Auckland and looked to be cruising towards victory when she was a set and a break up.

But doubts begin to creep into her game - particularly on her forehand side - as Raducanu rallied in the second set.

An old failing returned when a double fault provided three break chances for Raducanu at 4-3 and the American handed over the first one with an unconvincing forehand into the net.

However, Gauff showed her greater experience to regroup mentally and come through the tie-break.

Australian Open 2023: Injured Rafael Nadal loses to Mackenzie McDonald
Rafael Nadal's Australian Open title defence is over after a second-round defeat by American Mackenzie McDonald in which he struggled with an injury.

The Spaniard, 36, was trailing by a set and a break when he pulled up with what appeared to be a hip problem.

He took a medical timeout towards the end of the second set and continued with the match, but ultimately slipped to a 6-4 6-3 7-5 defeat.

It is Nadal's earliest exit at the Australian Open since 2016.

It was a cruel end for Nadal after his stunning 2022, where he came back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in last year's final in Melbourne and won a record-extending 14th French Open crown in June.

However, a typically battling display in the Wimbledon quarter-finals led to him picking up an abdominal injury that hampered him for the rest of the season.

He arrived in Melbourne having lost his only two singles matches of the season and never looked fully comfortable before he seemed to jar his hip against McDonald.

Nadal's wife was left in tears and his support team also looked emotional in the player box as the two-time champion struggled to move on Rod Laver Arena.

After seeing the match through to the end he left to a standing ovation from the crowd, with top seed Nadal turning to wave to each corner before exiting the stadium.

Questions remain over Nadal's future after exit
Nadal, bidding for a men's record-extending 23rd Grand Slam singles title, arrived at the first major of the year having lost six of his past seven matches and with further questions about his future.

It is the latest in a long series of physical problems for Nadal, who admitted he had no feeling in his left foot during his victory at Roland Garros last year because of painkilling injections for the chronic injury.

He ignored his support box's pleas for him to retire from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Taylor Fritz, where he somehow managed to win despite being unable to serve or move properly. He subsequently withdrew from the tournament before his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.

The abdominal injury he picked up at SW19 then hampered him at the US Open, where he suffered a fourth-round exit against Frances Tiafoe and appeared to injure his rib.

He came through a tough first-round test in Melbourne against Britain's Jack Draper but against 65th-ranked McDonald his movement and speed appeared off.

Nadal was running out wide to pick up a forehand when he appeared to jar his left hip, immediately touching the area and dropping to his haunches.

He limped through the rest of the game and then left court for a medical timeout, returning to see out the second set.

Despite being unable to chase down any deep shots, Nadal somehow managed to hold serve until 5-5 in the third set before McDonald secured the inevitable break.

'Nadal was clinging on' - analysis
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller in Melbourne

There have been times when Nadal has pulled out of Grand Slam matches, but today he felt he could continue with no further problems.

He was barely moving, but serving quite nicely, but once he was broken it was all over.

We have to say how well McDonald played. He absolutely made all the running in the early stages. Nadal was clinging on.

I don't know if that was a pre-existing condition - we'll find out more when he gives his press conference.

Auger-Aliassime fights back to reach third round
Elsewhere on day three, Canada's sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime battled back from two sets down to secure a 3-6 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over Alex Molcan.

The 22-year-old looked set for an early exit in Melbourne as his error-strewn play - featuring 25 unforced errors - enabled his Slovakian opponent to take the upper hand.

But after irately complaining to the umpire about the state of the balls at the start of the third set, the world number seven was able to turn his fortunes around, wrapping up the match in just over three hours.

"It's quite simple, you have to put the ball in the court without missing," said Auger-Aliassime, who came from behind to win a five-setter for the fifth time in his career.

"At the end of the day, it's not rocket science. So I was just trying to put one more ball in the court and make it simple, make it work."

The second round proved a much easier affair for Italy's 15th seed Jannik Sinner as he defeated Tomas Etcheverry 6-3 6-2 6-2, while American 16th seed Frances Tiafoe also won in straight sets, easing to a 6-4 6-4 6-1 win over Shang Juncheng of China.

Tiafoe will play 18th seed Karen Khachanov next after the Russian defeated Australian Jason Kubler 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2.

Australian Open 2023: Rafael Nadal 'mentally destroyed' after second-round exit
Injured Rafael Nadal says he is "mentally destroyed" after his Australian Open title defence came to an end in the second round.

Spaniard Nadal struggled with a left hip problem as he fell to a 6-4 6-3 7-5 defeat by American Mackenzie McDonald.

The 36-year-old said he was carrying the injury before the match but the pain had been "nothing like today".

"I really hope that it doesn't put me out of the court for a long time," Nadal said.

"It's not only the recovery. It's all the amount of work that you need to put together to come back at a decent level.

"I went through this process too many times in my career, and I am ready to keep doing it. I think, but that's not easy."

Speaking at his post-match news conference, 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal said he felt he "cannot move" after his earliest exit at a Grand Slam since the 2016 Australian Open, when he was eliminated in the first round.

"[I] just can't say that I am not destroyed mentally at this time, because I will be lying," he said.

"Hopefully, it is nothing too bad. In the end [there] have been three positive weeks in terms of practice."

Nadal was trailing by a set and a break when he pulled up with the injury, taking a medical timeout towards the end of the second set before continuing.

He said he had considered stopping "all the time" but "didn't want to leave the court with a retirement".

"Just try your best until the end," added Nadal, who won his second Melbourne title 12 months ago. "It doesn't matter the chances that you have. That's the philosophy of the sport.

"That's the essence of the sport by itself. I tried to follow that during all my tennis career, and I tried of course to not increase the damage, because I didn't know what's going on."

This is the latest in a series of physical problems for Nadal, who admitted he had no feeling in his left foot during his victory at the French Open last year because of painkilling injections for the chronic injury.

He also withdrew from his Wimbledon semi-final last year with an abdominal injury he picked up in the previous match, and the same injury then hampered him at the US Open, where he suffered a fourth-round exit against Frances Tiafoe and appeared to injure his rib.

He said it was his love of the sport that keeps him going amid the injury setbacks.

"It's a very simple thing: I like what I do," he said. "I like playing tennis. I know it's not forever. I like to feel myself competitive. I like to fight for the things that I have been fighting for almost half of my life or even more.

"When you do things that you like to do, at the end of the day, it's not a sacrifice.

"Sacrifice is when you are doing things that you don't want to do. And that was not my case. But of course it's tiring and frustrating to [spend] a lot of my tennis career on recovering process and trying to fight against all this stuff all the time.

"But I accept it quite well during all my tennis career, and I was able to manage it well. But of course [the] last seven months have been, again, another tough period of time. I don't know what can happen in the future."