Nadal loses in first round of Australian Open

Last updated at 12:17
Fernando Verdasco and Rafael NadalAP

Rafael Nadal has lost in the first round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career.

He was beaten by Fernando Verdasco in a thrilling five-set match, with Verdasco winning 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 3-6 7-6 (4-7) 6-2.

The loss follows a disappointing run for Nadal at Grand Slam tournaments over the past year.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Nadal said: "The real thing is I was not aggressive enough with my forehand during the whole match.

"I didn't feel it. I tried. I fought. I was ready to do it and I didn't. So I am sad for that."