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It was a painful night at the Aussie Open for Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal had been battling a nasty blister on his racket hand throughout the Australian Open, but it was an apparent back injury that slowed him down during Sunday's final against Stanislas Wawrinka.

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Wawrinka was thoroughly outplaying Nadal, leading a set and a break, before signs of the injury surfaced. Nadal left the court in the middle of the second set to receive treatment.

Nadal did not look like himself through much of the rest of the match, struggling to slap serves over the net and moving gingerly around the court. After dropping the second set, he managed to win the third before Wawrinka ultimately won in four.

Nadal apologized to the crowd in his post-match speech, saying he "tried really, really hard" and drawing a racous ovation. The crowd had booed him after he returned from the mid-set injury break.

Here are some images from Nadal's frustrating, painful night:


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