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Australian Open: Jack Draper lacks the stamina to match Rafael Nadal

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Jack Draper gave it all he had against Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open but four gruelling sets against one of the sport’s great warriors left him a broken man.

The 21-year-old British player could barely move towards the end of the longest match of his career at three hours and 41 minutes.

He had posed problems for Nadal in the first two sets before cramp took effect in a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 defeat. This was a brutal reminder for Draper that his body is still not up to the demands of tennis at the highest level.

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