Last year, It was Lukas Rosol who smashed Rafa with his wildest down the line forehand winners. Now it is Steve Darcis who defeated Nadal with his smooth and fine game.
At the beginning of the match I felt that Darcis has week game, he relied on only his quick serve. Weak forehand and backhand. No power in them. But as match progress, he started hitting with power, with confidence. And Nadal played his game quiet normally.
Please don’t say he was not 100% fit. He was able to play his natural game from the beginning of the match. But only thing is , he might be nervous in first round because he didn’t has any match practice after Roland Garros final.
Credit to Steve Darcis, who hold his nerves in the crucial moments and eventually made another upset for Rafael Nadal at wimbledon.
“Nobody was expecting my win today. OK, Rafa didn’t play his best tennis today, but I knew the first match on grass is always difficult…I tried to do what I like to do, come to the net as soon as I can, not play too far from the baseline…I think I did great today…I think I don’t know what to say right now I’m really happy.” – Steve Darcis
“I don’t know! The only thing I can say and I can do is keep working hard and keep giving me chances…I hope to have a few more years to play here and to play at the right level. I was not able to play great this year and last year obviously, but I will try.It’s tough – but life continues. This is a sport of victories, not the losers. Nobody remembers the losers…and I don’t want to remember the loss.” – Rafael Nadal
“In sport these things can happen but it was a surprise.” – Murray on Nadal loss
Meanwhile Murray and Federer reached second round.
- Wimbledon R1: Rafael Nadal vs Steve Darcis (rafaelnadalfans.com)
- $EnJoY$ Rafael Nadal vs Steve Darcis live Streaming Men’s Singles , All England Lawn Tennis Championships Tennis in HD, Monday 24th June 2013. (ustv2013.wordpress.com)
- Wimbledon Draw Analysis (tennisnerds.com)