[CR10] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR102] Dustin Brown (GER)
Nadal suffered another early round loss at Wimbledon. It was not unexpected; yet, I hoped that he would find a way to get by Brown. However, the odds were stacked against him. He had lost to Brown on grass in their previous encounter; he has not been playing well; he started off today by losing the first set; and he has had a string of inexplicable losses at Wimbledon dating back to 2012. In 2012, he lost in the second round to [RT100] Lukas Rosol. In 2013, he lost in the first round to [RT135] Steve Darcis. Although he got a tad farther in 2014, he lost to [RT144] Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round.
Did Brown play exceptional tennis? I would say he played the same way he has always played. He goes for his shots, sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t. He can also frustrate his opponents with his funky shots and at times his very casual demeanor leaves them befuddled. Today was no exception. He frustrated Nadal and left him looking lost on Centre Court. When you play with confidence anything can happen. Brown proved that today with his 75, 36, 64, 64 defeat of Nadal. Will Brown make it to the second week or will he lose in the next round as countless others have done after toppling a much higher ranked player in their previous round?