Wimbledon 2015: Rafael Nadal upset by Dustin Brown
The upset bug has struck Rafael Nadal — again — at Wimbledon.
Überragender Brown entzaubert Nadal in Wimbledon
When the two-time champion lost to Dustin Brown 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 in the second round on Center Court Wednesday, it marked the fourth time in a row he has fallen to a player ranked 100th or lower at the All England Club.

In this case, Brown — a dreadlocked German with Jamaican ancestry who once traveled around Europe in a camper van to keep his career going — was a 102nd-ranked qualifier. But he did have history of beating Nadal last year at a Wimbledon warmup event in Halle.

Nadal said he entered Wimbledon in a positive frame of mind, or at least better than what he had felt for much of this season, even after he lost in the quarterfinals at the French Open — a tournament he has won nine times — and dropped to 10th in the rankings.


He won a tournament in Germany to begin his grass-court campaign, but was seeded a lowly 10th in southwest London.
Überragender Brown entzaubert Nadal in Wimbledon
London. Dustin Brown hat nach einer spektakulären Show auf dem Center Court für die größte Wimbledon-Sensation dieses Jahres gesorgt und den zweimaligen Champion Rafael Nadal aus dem Turnier geworfen.
Der 30 Jahre alte Tennisprofi aus Winsen/Aller entzauberte den völlig genervten Spanier mit einem 7:5, 3:6, 6:4, 6:4-Erfolg. Um 19.41 Uhr Ortszeit schmiss der Mann mit den markanten Dreadlocks seinen Schläger auf den Boden und fasste sich ungläubig mit beiden Händen an den Kopf. Die euphorisierten Fans erhoben sich von ihren Sitzen, als Brown das Stadion verließ. «Ich war noch nie vorher auf diesem Center Court. Ich hatte Angst, eingeschüchtert zu sein, aber ich habe mich einfach auf mich konzentriert», sagte Brown.
– Überragender Brown entzaubert Nadal in Wimbledon | –
Once he relinquished a break advantage in the first set against Brown, the doubts he experienced earlier in 2015 resurfaced and parts of his game crumbled.

Looking unsure of himself, his serve all but vanished and his once feared forehand went astray. His statistics of 42 winners and 15 unforced errors hardly seemed appropriate.

Lukas Rosol, then the world No. 100, eliminated Nadal in the second round in 2012; Steve Darcis, then ranked 135th, sent the Spaniard packing in the first round in 2013; and Nick Kyrgios, at the time the world No. 144, knocked him out in the fourth round last year.

Brown — a grass-court specialist if ever there was one — has a history of knocking off Wimbledon champions, however.

When he struck an angled ace on his third match point, he emulated his feat of 2013 when he downed Lleyton Hewitt — like Nadal a former world No. 1. Brown hit 13 aces altogether Wednesday and won nearly 80% of his first-serve points.