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|Nadal Out Down Under
|MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Forget all the talk about a ``Rafa Slam.'' Rafael Nadal's bid to win four straight Grand Slam tournaments ended Wednesday at the Australian Open.
The top-ranked Spaniard was ousted in the quarterfinals by countryman David Ferrer, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
Nadal took a medical timeout for an apparent leg injury after three games and was clearly not at his best.
It's the second year in a row he lost in the quarters in Melbourne due to injury. Last year he retired against Andy Murray due to a right knee ailment that kept him off the tour for two months.
Murray won't have to get past Nadal this year, but he will have to beat seventh-seeded Ferrer and either defending champion Roger Federer or 2008 champion Novak Djokovic to claim his first major title.
The Scotsman advanced earlier, after Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva moved into the women's semifinals with straight-set victories.
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