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Rafael Nadal Stunned by Alex de Minaur, Exits Barcelona Open

Barcelona: Rafael Nadal’s journey at the Barcelona Open came to an unexpected halt after he suffered a straight-sets defeat against Alex de Minaur on Wednesday.

Fourth-seeded de Minaur secured a spot in the third round with a commanding 7-5, 6-1 victory over Nadal, marking a significant upset in the tournament. The intense battle lasted one hour and 51 minutes, with de Minaur showcasing exceptional skill and determination on the court.

Nadal’s early exit from the Barcelona Open follows his decision to withdraw from scheduled appearances at the BNP Paribas Open and Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, tournaments where he has previously enjoyed considerable success.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion’s participation in the Barcelona Open marked just his second tournament of the year, with his last appearance dating back to January when he reached the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 in Brisbane.

Tuesday’s match, where Nadal played his first clay-court encounter since clinching his 14th Roland Garros trophy in 2022, was a milestone as it marked his 475th win on the surface. However, the unexpected defeat against de Minaur brought his Barcelona Open campaign to an early conclusion.

Despite the setback, Nadal’s fans remain hopeful for his return to top form as he continues to navigate the challenges of the tennis season.

The Barcelona Open continues to deliver thrilling matches and unexpected twists, keeping fans on the edge of their seats as the tournament progresses.

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