Fernando Verdasco has been the author of perhaps the biggest upset of the 2016 Australian Open so far, knocking his compatriot Rafa Nadal out of the tournament in an gruelling five-set opening-round encounter on the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday.
The 7-6, 4-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory was reminiscent of their epic 2009 semi-final for drama and stamina, but this time it was Verdasco who prevailed 7-6, 4-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 in four hours and 41 minutes.
The result condemns Nadal to his earliest Australian Open exit in 11 attempts and only the second opening-round loss in his Grand Slam career.
Verdasco told the on-court reporters after the match that he was, "very pleased to have won," and that the result was "a great achievement, especially against Rafa and especially after being two sets to one down". Verdasco also came back from two games to love down in the fifth and final set, winning six games on the trot to seal the victory and avenge that memorable 2009 semi-final.