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It wasn't meant to be for Nadal

Whether it was his back or his opponent, world No. 1 was fighting a losing battle

Updated: January 26, 2014, 10:26 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- He tried not to cry, not to make it about his loss and not to exaggerate the importance of his suffering.

He even begged reporters to stop asking about his injured back because, as Rafael Nadal said following one of the stranger and more painful Grand Slam finals in recent memory, "This is Stan's day, not my day."

But much like the match that preceded it, he was fighting a losing battle.

This was indeed about Stanislas Wawrinka winning the Australian ...

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