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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 Darcis is, join the club. He has a career losing record on tour
-- Greg Couch (@gregcouch) June 24, 2013 Nadal and Darcis, who pulled off Monday's stunner in straight sets, don't exactly compare on the stat sheet. Let's take a look at the tale of the tape.
Current ranking : Nadal 5; Darcis 135.
Year-to-date record (prior to Wimbledon) : Nadal 43-2; Darcis 2-6.
Career won-loss record (prior to Wimbledon) : Nadal 626-124; Darcis 72-80.
Career titles : Nadal 57; Darcis 2.
Grand Slam wins : Nadal 12; Darcis 0.
Career prize money : Nadal $55,740,464; Darcis $1,748,333.
And then there's this dandy of a stat:
Nadal down set to Darcis, ranked 135. Only player in top 70 Darcis beat this yr? Rosol, who beat Nadal at #wimbledon last yr
-- Greg Couch (@gregcouch) June 24, 2013 Perhaps then we should've seen this upset coming, even though Darcis, from Belgium, has never been past the third round at a Grand Slam event. Here's what he looks like while beating a 12-time Grand Slam champion, if you're curious:
(Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
Nadal, who was 34-0 in the first round of majors before Monday, played a very defensive match and appeared to be favoring his oft-injured legs near the end, once again raising concerns about his longevity playing his aggressive style.
In 2012, Rosol swung for the fences and buried Nadal behind the power of his strokes. It still took him five sets to pull it off. Here's the final game of that one:
You can't say Nadal is uncomfortable with the abrupt clay-grass switch in the tennis schedule. He has twice won Wimbledon after winning the French Open -- one of the rarest feats in the sport. But clearly his game doesn't transition as easily as we'd like to believe over to the bouncier surface. And as the miles pile up on those active knees and legs, the concerns will only get greater. Have we seen the last of Nadal ruling the All England Club?
Much had been made Friday about Nadal being drawn into Roger Federer's section, but that dream quarterfinal will not be realized. Good news for Roger, though.
And the final word:
Federer has never lost a match like this
-- Greg Couch (@gregcouch) June 24, 2013 Indeed.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
NO. 1 STUNNER
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
(June 22, 2013) With Wimbledon set to kick-off main draw play on Monday, several top players hit the grass courts of the All England Club on Saturday to prepare for the season’s third Slam, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and more.
Rafael Nadal looked right at home on the grass, but he seems to have caught the British bug. And yes, it’s contagious. Someone...
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.
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