Melbourne: Jan 19; In only his second first-round loss at a major tournament, the oft-injured 29-year-old fought for four hours, 41 minutes before the inspired Verdasco won 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2.
It was one of the worst ever Grand Slam performances for Nadal, who also lost in the 2013 Wimbledon first round and has not won a major title since the 2014 French Open.
"It's tough, but at the same time, I know I did everything that I can to be ready for it," Nadal said. "Was not my day. Let's keep going. That's the only thing.