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The player who stunned Rafael Nadal in the first round at Wimbledon, 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium, has withdrawn from the tournament because of an injured right shoulder.
Darcis pulled out on Wednesday, hours before he was supposed to face Lukasz Kubot of Poland in the second round.
It was a surprising development, given how well Darcis played while ending two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal's 22-match winning streak in straight sets on Monday.
After that victory, by far the biggest of the 29-year-old Darcis' career, he said: ''I need to keep my focus. It would be a shame to beat Nadal, then stop there.''
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An ailing Rafael Nadal was knocked out in straight sets by Belgian Steve Darcis, stunning the two-time champion, who had been struggling with a knee injury suffered last year at Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal has been in the final of six of the past eight majors in which he has played. The two shortcomings: Wimbledon in both 2012 and 2013.
Yes, Nadal followed up last year's shocking second-round loss to unknown Lukas Rosol by losing this year in the first round to another relative unknown, Steve Darcis:
Darcis serving for 1st set on Nadal. If you don't know who...
A year after stunning Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Lukas Rosol lost his first-round match at the All England Club against a qualifier ranked 121st.
Rosol, who came in ranked 35th, was beaten 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 Monday by Germany's Julian Reister.
Their match was on tiny Court 19, a short walk away from Centre Court, where the then 100th-ranked Rosol pulled off a surprising...
Rafael Nadal’s first ever first round loss at a Major was Monday at Wimbledon
(June 24, 2013) The impossible has happened again at Wimbledon.
After a surprising exit at the hands of Lukas Rosol at last year’s Wimbledon Championships in the second round, world No. 5 Rafael Nadal was dealt another heavy blow on the grass. But this time, in a round earlier and by an opponent ranked...
Well, so goes that idea.
2 Time Wimbeldon Champ Rafael Nadal will remain a two time champ after this years tournament. That's because he's out.
Nadal was beaten in straight sets Monday by 135 ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium on Court 19, the fringes of the tennis center.
Reports say Nadal was sluggish, this despite coming in on a 22 match winning streak and yes, it...
Rafael Nadal's early disappearance at Wimbledon is something we
might have to get used to.
Wednesday at Wimbledon saw multiple players withdraw or retire from matches at the All England Club due to injuries including No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, Rafael Nadal’s conqueror Steve Darcis, 18th seed John Isner, 10th seed Marin Cilic and veteran Radek Stepanek.
Rafael Nadal Knocked Out of Wimbledon By Steve Darcis Ranked 135
Rafael Nadal Still Unable to Compete...
In one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal
was knocked out in straight sets Monday by a player ranked 135th in
the world - the Spaniard's first-ever loss in the opening round of
a Grand Slam event.
Rafael Nadal's losses to players ranked 100 or lower:
2003 Madrid Masters (1R) - No. 127 Alex Corretja, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
2004 Chennai (1R) - No. 102 Thierry Ascione, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
2004 Milan (2R) - No. 107 Mario Ancic, 7-5, 6-2.
2004 Palermo (2R) - No. 113 Olivier Mutis, 6-3, 6-3.
2005 Halle (1R) - No. 147 Alexander Waske, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
2006 Stockholm (2R) - No. 690 Joachim...
Injuries have knocked two players out of Wimbledon - the Belgian
who stunned Rafael Nadal in the first round and the American who
won the longest match in tennis history here three years ago.
Get ready for some unfamiliar names at Wimbledon.
With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal long gone, and Maria Sharapova out, too, after a wild Week 1 at the All England Club, Week 2 begins Monday with a schedule that includes participants such as Kenny de Schepper and Adrian Mannarino, Ivan Dodig and Jerzy Janowicz, Karin Knapp and Monica Puig.
No one from that group has played in...
A champion at one major, gone in the first round the next.
This article marks the first in a daily series of articles reviewing the action at Wimbledon. They follow the same general format as a similar series on Roland Garros. If you missed some of the action, or want a general overview, check out this written equivalent of a highlight reel.
Match of the day: Banished...