Rafael Nadal suffers shock defeat at the Qatar Open

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World number three Rafael Nadal suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the Qatar Open, to 127th ranked Michael Berrer.

The defeat comes just a week after the former world number one was beaten by British number one Andy Murray, giving the 14-time Grand Slam champion plenty to ponder after a poor start to the 2015 season.

Nadal's continued struggle since returning from appendix surgery continued with a shock 1-6 6-3 6-4 defeat.

Improvement needed for the Australian Open

The Spaniard will be hoping he can turn round his early season form soon ahead of the Australian Open later this month.

Nadal has won the Australian Open just once and that was back in 2009, but has hardly enjoyed the kind of preparation to date for the 2015 tournament to suggest he's in the mood to double that haul.

King of Clay working towards Roland Garros

Nadal's most likely chance of grand slam success comes in May at the French Open. His record at Roland Garros is second to none having won the title in nine of the last 10 years.

The powerful Spaniard is currently joint second with Pete Sampras in the all-time Grand Slam winners with 14. Should Nadal play like he can, then Roger Federer's 17 grand slam title record could still be in jeopardy.

The Australian open, the first of the years major championships, begins on the 19th of January.

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