Nadal Stunned In Wimbledon Opener

By: Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer
By: Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Germany's Daniel Brands in their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2013. Nadal won in four sets 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Germany's Daniel Brands in their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2013. Nadal won in four sets 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

LONDON (AP) _ In one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal was knocked out in straight sets Monday by a player ranked 135th _ the Spaniard's first loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam event.

Steve Darcis of Belgium stunned the two-time champion 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4. He ended Nadal's 22-match winning streak and eliminated one of the Big Four of men's tennis on the very first day of the grass-court Grand Slam.

Nadal was sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury after losing in the second round of Wimbledon last year. He seemed to be struggling physically. He was unable to turn on the speed or use his legs to spring into his groundstrokes, limping and failing to run for some shots.


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