It was coming isn’t it? Rafael Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon in the second round against the German Dustin Brown. Nadal went down to Brown in four sets 7-5,3-6,6-4,6-4. Nadal, who was very positive in this Wimbledon with his knees in perfect condition said I’m having a good feeling in grass but it wasn’t the case against brown.
Heading into Wimbledon Nadal had a decent run up at the grass court events winning the Mercedes cup, but lost in first round at queens. This has been Nadal’s story since 2012 at Wimbledon, losing to opponents ranking outside 100. Nadal has always been vulnerable to big servers and it was no different against Brown where he find it difficult to read his serve.
Match Summary :
During his second round action, Nadal was up a break early in first set but later he gifted it to the German and further lost the set 7-5. However, Nadal was able to make a comeback and win the second set 6-3. One could have imagined that things have settled down for Nadal, but it became worse for the Spaniard and the German had the answers for the questions put up by the Nadal. He went on to lose two consecutive sets in a row 6-4,6-4 and as a result lost the match.
Serve and volley was the simple game plan for Brown against Nadal and it was pretty effective for the German. Brown hit 13 aces and won 49 of the 85 points at the net. Nadal had no clue against Brown with his game at the net and drop shots and Brown grown in confidence and in the 4th set he got the early and things were over for the Spaniard. Even though Nadal has better stats than Brown in the entire match it was Brown who played the important points well and Nadal choked during big points and it was very unlike Nadal.
However, for Nadal 2015 has been one of the worst years in his professional tennis career. His Grand slam record has been impressive so far winning at least a single slam every 10 years. At this moment it seems that this feat could have an end this year with the form he has been in. Nadal has always managed to comeback after several setbacks in his career and one could hope the same from the Spaniard. Tennis needs Nadal at his best and competing at a top level again. Let’s wait and see whether the Spaniard can find a way to comeback soon during rest of the season.