Nadal: Mur­ray a big loss

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MEL­BOURNE, Aus­tralia — Rafael Nadal knew it was in­evitable that sooner or later the Big Four would be­come the Big Three.

That Andy Mur­ray is the first of the long-time lead­ing four in men’s ten­nis to sig­nal the end of his ca­reer is some­thing Nadal has to keep in per­spec­tive.

The No. 2-ranked Nadal en­ters the Aus­tralian Open as a le­git­i­mate ti­tle con­tender along with No. 1-ranked No­vak Djokovic and No. 3-ranked Roger Fed­erer, both six-time cham­pi­ons at Mel­bourne Park. Nadal is 32. Djokovic turns 32 in May, a week or so after Mur­ray. Fed­erer is 37.

Five-time fi­nal­ist Mur­ray plans to start the tour­na­ment in Aus­tralia, but he has con­ceded it could be his last after 20 months of strug­gling to over­come a long-time in­jury. The se­vere pain from his sur­gi­cally re­paired right hip is re­strict­ing his move­ment and he has al­ready flagged he’ll re­tire after Wim­ble­don — if he can keep play­ing that long.

Mur­ray prac­ticed on Satur­day at Mel­bourne Park not long be­fore Nadal ap­peared at a news con­fer­ence to talk about his health after three months out of com­pet­i­tive ten­nis and his prospects at the Aus­tralian Open, the only one of the four Grand Slam tour­na­ments that he hasn’t won at least twice.

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