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Rafael Nadal of Spain wipes the sweat from the face as he plays Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Rafael Nadal loses; Maria Sharapova to play in all-Russian semifinal

- Associated Press

Nadal’s lack of match fitness from nearly six months of injuries and illness finally caught up with the 14-time major champion in his quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych. He was never much of a factor and lost 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5).

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal leaves the hospital after successfully undergoing an operation to remove his appendix in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Rafael Nadal to have stem cell treatment on back

- Associated Press

Several NFL and baseball players have received stem cell treatment. Nadal’s fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol, center of the Chicago Bulls, received stem cell treatment on his knee in 2013.

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2009, file photo, Melanie Oudin, of the United States, returns to Elena Dementieva, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 for a heart condition, and surgery later this month for an eye problem. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Melanie Oudin to have heart surgery, eye procedure

- Associated Press

The 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist said that for more than a year, she has been experiencing occasional “episodes” of an accelerated heartbeat, usually during or right after matches, that she “was convinced was some sort of anxiety.”

Vic Braden, longtime tennis instructor and former player (via Twitter)

Vic Braden, legendary tennis coach, dies at 85

- Associated Press

“Rest in Peace, Vic Braden.,” Chris Evert wrote on her Twitter account. “Innovative, cutting edge kind of guy. Will miss his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. He’ll be greatly missed.”

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