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Rafael Nadal MRI shows hurt left hip flexor; recovery of 6-8 weeks

French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays against Jordan Thompson (not seen) of Australia in the menâs first round match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland âGarros in Paris, France on May 23, 2022. (Photo by Mine Kasapoglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal injured his left hip flexor during his loss at the Australian Open and could need about six to eight weeks to fully recover, his manager said.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion had an MRI exam at a hospital in Melbourne under his doctor’s supervision on Thursday, a day after being injured during a straight-set exit against Mackenzie McDonald in the second round at Melbourne Park.

Nadal was the defending champion and seeded No. 1 in Australia.

The 36-year-old now will head home to Spain to rest.

Nadal has lost seven of his past nine matches, dating to a fourth-round defeat at the U.S. Open in September.