Rafael Nadal Upset at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal has just been upset in the first round of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Nadal, the #5 seed in the Genelemen’s Singles tournament, lost to unseeded Belgian Steve Darcis in straight sets, 6-7, 6-7, 4-6 on Monday afternoon in London. In Nadal’s nine Wimbledon appearances, he had never lost in the first round, and the Spaniard had never lost in the first round of ANY major championship.

Darcis, 29, had previously won only one of his three career Wimbledon matches. He last reached the second round in 2009, before losing to #22 Ivo Karlovic. Darcis, ranked #135 in the ATP World Rankings, now owns a career record of 73-80 with two singles titles. Lukasz Kubot of Poland awaits Darcis in the second round.

Nadal won the French Open last month in Paris, his eighth French Open title and 12th major championship. Still, questions were raised when the two-time Wimbledon champion was seeded #5, below Spainard David Ferrer, who Nadal defeated in straight sets in the French Open final this year. If Nadal had won out, he would have faced longtime rival Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately for Nadal, his time in London is over, and he will now have to regroup from the biggest loss of his professional career.