7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
This time, it was the 102 ranked player in the world, Dustin Brown, that shocked Rafael Nadal. Though it may seem surprising that the legendary Nadal was knocked out in the second round, since he was the runner-up in 2011, he hasn’t faired so well at Wimbledon. Even though he is a two-time Wimbledon champion, he has not made it past the fourth round in any of the past three, now four, Wimbledons.
With his poor recent history at Wimbledon, it may not seem as if this loss is much of an surprise. And after suffering a beatdown at the hands of Novak Djokovic at the French Open last month (a tournament Nadal has won nine times, including the last five prior to this year), the question can be raised: Is this the end of Rafael Nadal?
In May, the 29-year-old fell out of the top five for the first time in more than 10 years and now is ranked number 11. After Wimbledon, Nadal will drop in the rankings even more. But, even though his recent performances may indicate Nadal is finished, for a player as talented as he, nothing’s impossible.