A relieved Rafael Nadal slumps to the court after beating qualifier Tim Smyczek in a gruelling match at the Australian Open. Photo: AP

Rafael Nadal survives five-set scare at Australian Open

Ailing 14-time grand slam champion prevails 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 7-5 in four hours and 12 minutes against American qualifier Tim Smyczek

Topic |   Australian Open 2015

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A relieved Rafael Nadal slumps to the court after beating qualifier Tim Smyczek in a gruelling match at the Australian Open. Photo: AP
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