Perhaps then we should’ve seen this upset coming, even though
Darcis, from Belgium, has never been past the third round at a
Grand Slam event. Here’s what he looks like while beating a 12-time
Grand Slam champion, if you’re curious:
(Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Nadal, who was 34-0 in the first round of majors before Monday,
played a very defensive match and appeared to be favoring his
oft-injured legs near the end, once again raising concerns about
his longevity playing his aggressive style.
In 2012, Rosol swung for the fences and buried Nadal behind the
power of his strokes. It still took him five sets to pull it off.
Here’s the final game of that one:
You can’t say Nadal is uncomfortable with the abrupt clay-grass
switch in the tennis schedule. He has twice won Wimbledon after
winning the French Open — one of the rarest feats in the sport.
But clearly his game doesn’t transition as easily as we’d like to
believe over to the bouncier surface. And as the miles pile up on
those active knees and legs, the concerns will only get greater.
Have we seen the last of Nadal ruling the All England Club?
Much had been made Friday about Nadal being drawn into Roger
Federer’s section, but that dream quarterfinal will not be
realized. Good news for Roger, though.