Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on in his first round match against Marcos Daniel of Brazil during day two of the 2011 Australian Open.. © Lucas Dawson/Getty Images
The Spaniard favorite Rafael Nadal played his first game at the 2011 Australian Open against Brazilian Marcos Daniel with a retirement. Daniel injured his left knee during a training two days ago and though he tried to play valiantly, pain did not make it possible for him to continue. Rafa sensed his trouble and made a strategy that made Daniel move around the court which made it impossible for him to continue at that pace. He knew that if you are not 100 % focused in the game it is not possible to win and more especially if you are playing against a powerful players like the top-seeded Nadal.Rafael Nadal of Spain serves in his first round match against Marcos Daniel of Brazil during day two of the 2011 Australian Open © Lucas Dawson/Getty Images
Rafael Nadal of Spain in his first round match during day two of the 2011 Australian Open. © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Rafael Nadal of Spain signs autographs for the crowd following victory in his first round men's singles match against Marcos Daniel of Brazil. © WILLIAM WEST/Getty Images
After 47 minutes, less than a practice time, Nadal went out with his sports gear to receive the greetings from his fans and to sign autographs.
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