Nadal Defeated by 135th-Ranked Player in Round 1

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 24, 2013 6:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ouch. In a span of 15 days, Rafael Nadal went from French Open champion for a record eighth time to first-round Grand Slam loser for the only time in his career. Limping occasionally and slower than usual, but unwilling to blame an old left knee injury, the two-time Wimbledon winner exited 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4 today against 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium—one of the most stunning results ever at the All England Club.

"Nobody remembers the losses. People remember the victories," Nadal said after the game. "And I don't want to remember that loss." Nadal deflected three questions in English about his left knee, saying it's "not the day to talk about these kind of things" and that it would sound like "an excuse." "Maybe he was not in the best shape ever. Maybe he didn't play his best match," Darcis said. "But I have to be proud."

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts as he loses a point to Steve Darcis of Belgium during their Men's first round singles match at Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts as he loses a point to Steve Darcis of Belgium during their Men's first round singles match at Wimbledon.   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, left, is attended to after taking a fall during her Women's first round singles match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, left, is attended to after taking a fall during her Women's first round singles match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships...   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Sara Errani of Italy returns the ball to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Sara Errani of Italy returns the ball to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013....   (Anja Niedringhaus)
Sara Errani of Italy returns the ball to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Sara Errani of Italy returns the ball to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013....   (Anja Niedringhaus)
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico returns the ball to Sara Errani of Italy during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico returns the ball to Sara Errani of Italy during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013....   (Anja Niedringhaus)
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico returns the ball to Sara Errani of Italy during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico returns the ball to Sara Errani of Italy during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013....   (Anja Niedringhaus)
Groundsmen make final preparations on the outside courts backdropped by Centre Court, for the start of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The Wimbledon Championships start Monday, with defending men's champion Roger Federer of Switzerland attempting to win the title for the eighth time.
Groundsmen make final preparations on the outside courts backdropped by Centre Court, for the start of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The Wimbledon Championships...   (Alastair Grant)
Roger Federer of Switzerland stretches to return the ball to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Roger Federer of Switzerland stretches to return the ball to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday,...   (Anja Niedringhaus)
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June...   (Anja Niedringhaus)
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, center, lies on the court after taking a fall during her Women's first round singles match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, center, lies on the court after taking a fall during her Women's first round singles match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships...   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
James Middleton, right, and Pippa Middleton the siblings of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton await the start of play on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
James Middleton, right, and Pippa Middleton the siblings of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton await the start of play on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon,...   (Anja Niedringhaus)
Rafael Nadal of Spain, left, waves to spectators after losing to Steve Darcis of Belgium, right, in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Rafael Nadal of Spain, left, waves to spectators after losing to Steve Darcis of Belgium, right, in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London,...   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Steve Darcis of Belgium waves to spectators after winning against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Steve Darcis of Belgium waves to spectators after winning against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday,...   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Steve Darcis of Belgium, left, and Rafael Nadal of Spain speak after Nadal lost in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Steve Darcis of Belgium, left, and Rafael Nadal of Spain speak after Nadal lost in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June...   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, second from right, is helped up after taking a fall during her Women's first round singles match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, second from right, is helped up after taking a fall during her Women's first round singles match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships...   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Roger Federer of Switzerland volleys a return to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Roger Federer of Switzerland volleys a return to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June...   (Anja Niedringhaus)
Steve Darcis of Belgium reacts as he defeats Rafael Nadal of Spain in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Steve Darcis of Belgium reacts as he defeats Rafael Nadal of Spain in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after missing a point during his Men's first round singles match against Steve Darcis of Belgium at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after missing a point during his Men's first round singles match against Steve Darcis of Belgium at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday,...   (Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Andy Murray of Britain returns to Benjamin Becker of Germany during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Andy Murray of Britain returns to Benjamin Becker of Germany during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013.   (Anja Niedringhaus)
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