Nadal loses to 135th-ranked player at Wimbledon

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Steve Darcis of Belgium shakes hands at the net with Rafael Nadal of Spain after their Gentlemen's Singles first round match on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on June 24, 2013 in London. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 7:06 PM

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

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

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