Wimbledon 2013, Day 1: Curse of the 5th seeds- Rafael Nadal crashes out, Errani follows suit
Seeded a lowly fifth at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal suffered his first ever loss in the first round of a Grand Slam. Nadal was outplayed and outsmarted by the unseeded Steve Darcis, crashing to a 6-7, 6-7, 4-6 defeat.
Steve Darcis basked in his nickname of 'Shark' as he sunk his Belgian teeth into Rafael Nadal. It so happened that 'shark' registered one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history.
Despite back-to-back Wimbledon flops and a nagging knee injury, Rafael Nadal insisted that he can still lift a third All England Club title. He vowed to come back stronger and fitter next year.
In his post-match press conference Nadal refused to dwell on his knee injury. He refused to make excuses and added that his opponent Darcis played an excellent game.
Sara Errani, who like Nadal was seeded 5th in the women's draw too crashed out in the first round. The 2013 French Open semi-finalist lost 6-3, 6-2 to Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig.
Staying with women's singles action second seed Victoria Azarenka overcame an injury scare to defeat Portugal's Maria Joao Koehler 6-1, 6-2. Azarenka recovered from a nasty fall in the second set that left her in tears.
Defending champion Roger Federer was at his exquisite best, storming past Romania's Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 in the first round.
As many as four Brits crashed out in the first few hours of their 'home' tournament, but Andy Murray reversed the trend. The second seed beat Germany's Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
2002 Wimbledon champion LLeyton Hewitt battled the odds to storm into the second round. The Australian, who has been dogged by injuries in recent years, beat 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 6-3.