- Date: 24 June – 7 July
- Venue: All England Club, London
Rafael Nadal, the ex-champion slumped to surprise exit at 1st round as Steve Darcis, the world # 135 pulled off about the biggest of all upsets in the history of Wimbledon.
This Belgian got inspired as his win was recorded as 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 over Court One for condemning 5th seed to 2nd successive exit early during SW19.
This happened to be his 1st competitive tie from the time he was beaten last year by Lukas Rosol.
However, Roger Federer, the ruling champion eased into next round having 6-3 6-2 6-0 win against Victor Hanescu.
Crowned as the champion of French Open for 8th time, Spaniard Nadal showed the signs while he struggled in adjusting from clay to the grass in opening set of which advantage was taken by Darcis.
The Wimbledon winner of 2010 and 2008 saved 4 set points during tie-break of 2nd set and then he failed taking his own earlier than Darcis claiming it at 5th opportunity.
This Belgian demonstrated no signs that he was nervous while he broke during the 1st game of 3rd set prior to serving out to get famous win that condemned Nadal in facing his first defeat at 1st round at Grand Slam.
In 1st Wimbledon, he became 1st ruling Roland Garros champion at losing in 1st round since Gustavo Kuerten during 1997.
Knee problems were refused to be used by Nadal that him quite sidelined for lengthy period following the last year exit of Wimbledon as excuse for defeat.
According to him, there weren’t many good things in it for him and that he had tried his best. He said that it was difficult adapt to game over grass and that it was a sport so he accepted he had lost and didn’t consider it a tragedy. He also said that he would try his best for the years ahead.
Darcis told that Rafa didn’t give best performance as it was his 1st match over grass and that he had just wanted to deal with his game, coming towards net and also not playing at a distance from baseline rather than targeting Rafa’s knee as it is quite tough when one is thinking about himself. He said that he had before played quite well over grass but maybe not there, though he was quite happy.
Meanwhile, world number 3 and 3rd seed, Federer, needed only 69 minutes in order to be victorious over Hanescu, Romanian world # 48, hitting only 6 unforced errors during the game.
10 years back, the one aged 31 years won the first title of Wimbledon and now is looking for the title # 8 after defeating Andy Murray in the previous year.
The previous world # 1 hit thirty-two winners and also broke the opponent 6 times.
He said that he had won Wimbledon before too but this feels special still and that he was very happy. He also said that he enjoyed himself in 1st round and again in this year, it would be a pleasure to play over centre court.
He would be playing Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukrainian world # 116, in 2nd round.Elsewhere, fourteenth seed Janko Tipsarevic tends to be out when he got beaten 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-5) against Viktor Troicki, the fellow Serb.
Defeat meant that world # 14 lost in 1st round in 3 out of last 4 years. Now, Troicki would face Andrey Kuznetsov, Russia’s world #77, who defeated Spaniard Albert Montanes.
1st seed that fell was Fabio Fognini after he got beaten 7-6 5-7 3-6 2-6 when playing against Jurgen Melzer.Number thirty seed had twelve break points as against world # 36 though could convert only 4, a statistic which, at the end, showed his undoing.
Rosol, Nadal’s conqueror the previous year, also happens to be out after being beaten in 5 sets through Julian Reister.World # thirty-five went below 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (7-4) 6-4 playing against Reister who is ranked as 121 in world.
Number ten seed Marin Cilic did come through potentially tough test while he beat Marcos Baghdatis, the semi-finalist in 2006 6-3 6-4 6-4.