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Down but not under: Rafael Nadal might be out of Australian Open, but he's far from done

Jan 20, 2016    

Seven years ago, a relatively unknown Fernando Verdasco stood against a prime Rafael Nadal in the semi-final of the 2009 Australian open. It's feels like yesterday that Nadal came out in his a black-blue-white tee and fluorescent green bandana, and Verdasco in a dirty green tee with a dirty yellow pattern across it.For the next five hours and 14 minutes, everyone who ever cared about tennis was treated to, arguably, one of the greatest tennis matches ever played. It was as if Nadal was playing against a mirror — a Spaniard southpaw, heavy on topspin and quick on his feet. Verdasco return...

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