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Nadal crashes out in 1st round at Wimbledon

June 24, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal lost in straight sets to Steve Darcis of Belgium in the first round of the grass-court tournament on Monday.

Nadal, who was bidding to win his 13th Grand Slam title after winning the French Open for a record eighth time, had never lost in the first round in a Grand Slam tournament.

In one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets, Darcis ended Nadal’s 22-match winning streak with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4 victory.

Nadal looked hampered in his moves throughout the match. He was sidelined for about seven months with a left knee injury following his surprise loss in the second round at Wimbledon last year.

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