Wimbledon wakes up to Nadal shocker
LONDON, England, June 25 – Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal crashed to one of the most humiliating defeats in Wimbledon history on Monday at the hands of Belgium’s world number 135 Steve Darcis. Journeyman Darcis clinched a shock 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 win to condemn the fifth-seed Spanish superstar to a first ever loss in the opening round of a major. The sensational result was the first time since Gustavo Kuerten in 1997 that a French Open champion had lost in the opening round at Wimbledon.
But he refused to blame his constant struggles with his knees for defeat. Darcis, 29, and nicknamed ‘Shark’, had come into Wimbledon with just two wins under his belt on the tour all year.
I’m really happy,” said Darcis, who has now matched his best performance at the All England Club having reached the second round in 2009.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFM