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Berdych ousts Nadal in Aussie quarters

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Rafael Nadal kept telling anyone who would listen that his fitness levels wouldn't stand up to the rigors of a two-week Grand Slam tournament. Tomas Berdych proved him right.

Nadal, who had played only eight matches since last June coming into the Australian Open because of a right wrist injury and appendix surgery in early November, was knocked out in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) on Tuesday by Berdych - who had lost 17 straight matches to the Spaniard.

"It is obvious that I needed something more to be more competitive," Nadal, a 14-time major winner, said. "As I said when I arrived here, the process always is not easy. When you have injuries, comebacks are difficult. But without being at my top level of tennis, I was able to be here in quarterfinals. Is not a bad result at all for me."

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Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,405
2 R. Federer 9,875
3 R. Nadal 6,585
4 S. Wawrinka 5,370
5 K. Nishikori 5,025
6 A. Murray 4,675
7 T. Berdych 4,660
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4 P. Kvitova 6,360
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7 E. Bouchard 4,715
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