Tennis ace Rafael Nadal is out of Wimbledon after suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Belgium’s Steve Darcis.
The Spaniard lost the match in three sets 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 in one of the biggest shocks ever witnessed at the tournament.
It was the first time Nadal had ever lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament and followed a sensational comeback win at the French Open after an eight month absence.
Twenty nine year old Darcis, who was appearing in his fourth Wimbledon tournament, never looked troubled as he surpassed his wildest expectations in defeating the number five seed. He broke the Spaniard early on in the third set and held his own service games to take the match.
It was the second time in as many years that Nadal has exited the tournament early after going out in the second round last year.
The Spaniard looked uncomfortable for much of the match with what appeared to be problems with his left knee. However the play by Belgian Darcis, who is 110 in the ATP rankings, at times was scintillating to watch and he will move into the second round in confident mood.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s Andy Murray safely negotiated his own opening match, defeating Germany’s Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.