Rafael Nadal lost today at Wimbledon in a shocking upset by Belgium’s Steve Darcis. Nadal was defeated in straight sets, making this match one of the biggest tennis upsets in history. Nadal is ranked 5th in the world, while Darcis is ranked 135th.
Nadal recently recovered from a knee injury, playing his first match on grass today since the injury. His lack of playing time on grass coupled with his knee issues could have affected his playing ability, but when asked about it, Nadal downplayed those excuses and instead emphasized the great ability of his opponent. Darcis has claimed other upsets over time, including one against Tomas Berdych in the first round of the London Olympics last summer.
However, Nadal hasn’t completely lost his tennis touch because he recently broke his own record at the French Open, winning it eight times. He also played in this tournament with the same knee injury that hindered him today.
This event echoes Nadal’s defeat in the second round of last year’s Wimbledon Tournament. Despite winning Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, Nadal just can’t seem to pull himself together for the annual tournament.
I wonder what’s in store for Nadal at the 2014 Wimbledon Tournament? Another epic upset? Or major success like those at the French Open?
You can read my article about Nadal’s 2012 upset at Wimbledon here.
Meanwhile, other tennis superstars, such as Federer, Sharapova, Murray, easily advanced to the second round.
#1 men’s player Novak Djokovic and #1 women’s player Serena Williams will continue the tournament and play their first round matches tomorrow (June 25th). The two week tournament will end on July 7th.
– J. Coco
#3 Men’s and Women’s tennis players Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, respectively, have both been defeated in the second round of play. Since many of the world’s top tennis players have been eliminated much earlier than anticipated, I have come to the conclusion that one of the following things must have occurred:
1. It is the end of the world.
2. This is some kind of sick prank that the players are doing. They need to stop.
3. I’m in a weird dream. I need to wake up.
Or there’s K Tosh’s theory. I think it’s the best one:
1. They decided that they didn’t want to keep playing if all their friends weren’t there.
Bravo, K Tosh. Bravo.