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Nadal loses to 135th-ranked Darcis for 1st loss in 1st round at a Grand Slam

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after beating Victor Hanescu of Romania in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
June 24, 2013 - 10:23 AM

LONDON - In one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal was knocked out in straight sets Monday by a player ranked 135th in the world — the Spaniard's first-ever 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, snapping the Spaniard's 22-match winning streak and eliminating one of the Big Four of men's tennis on the very first day of the grass-court Grand Slam.

Nadal, who was sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury after losing in the second round of Wimbledon last year, 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.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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