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A couple of weeks after being crowned the French Open champion for the 8th time, Rafael Nadal lost in his 1st round match at Wimbledon against Steve Darcis. Nadal’s loss was definitely a shock to tennis fans around the world. He lost to a 135th-seed player who had an overall 2-6 singles record prior to the match against Nadal.
As I turned on my TV this morning to watch the match, there was no doubt in my mind that Nadal would advance to the 2nd round. However, the doubts began to arise after Nadal lost the 1st set tiebreak to Darcis. In the 2nd set, Nadal and Darcis fought hard for each point and entered a 2nd set tiebreak. At one point in the tiebreak, Darcis had 4 set points, but Nadal didn’t give up easily. In fact, he had one set point of his own. Nevertheless, Darcis was able to capitalize off of Nadal’s apparent weaknesses in today’s match and took a 2-0 lead on Nadal.
At this point in the game, I opened my laptop and searched who Steve Darcis was. Then, I checked Twitter to see if people were actually talking about the game—they were! Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal and Steve Darcis were all trending topics and there was conversation around the Twitter universe about the near defeat that Nadal was going to suffer.
Nadal never stopped trying. But it became clear in the 3rd set that Nadal’s knee was causing him trouble; the same knee that forced him to sit out 7 months last year. His struggle continued and after 10 games in the 3rd set, Nadal lost.
After the game, during his press conference, Nadal didn’t have an excuse. He didn’t say his knee was the issue or that he was fatigued. He said that Darcis played an incredible match and beat him, deservingly so. Truth is, that Nadal’s knee was definitely bothering him and that fatigue played a huge role in his performance on the court today. After an impressive finish at the French Open two weeks ago, he only had a week to rest and a week to practice before Wimbledon.
Seeing Nadal leave a Grand Slam this early isn’t usual, especially because he had a 34-0 record in the first round of Grand Slam tournaments heading into Monday’s match. Nadal’s early departure gives the opportunity for other players, like Darcis to shine. Was Darcis’ win today against Nadal a fluke? We will see in the 2nd round of Wimbledon when he takes on 119th ranked Lukasz Kubot from Poland.
After his shocking defeat against Nadal, Darcis didn’t have much to say. He told ESPN, “I don’t know what to say right now. I’m really happy”.
BEST OF MAXIM
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 was stunningly upset in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 by Belgian Steve Darcis, who entered the match ranked No. 135 in the world. It was Nadal’s first time losing in the first round of a grand slam. Prior to Monday, Nadal was enjoying a great year. The Spaniard [...]
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 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...
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...
Q. You've said that only an arrogant man would not have doubts. You've said that a couple of times now. Do you have some doubts on your play on grass? And are you proud of your legacy on grass for a person who was brought up on clay?
RAFAEL NADAL: Obviously I have doubts. I have doubts on grass. I have doubts on clay and hard, for sure in indoor.
If I don'...
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.
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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