Nadal's straight-sets defeat to Darcis, ranked 135th in the world, led to speculation about the impact of the clay-court season on a previous injury, an inflammation of the knee cap, which curtailed Nadal's 2012 campaign.
Others who have pulled off big upsets at this tournament were not able to follow up those victories. Steve Darcis, who defeated Rafael Nadal in the first round, withdrew from his second-round match because of a shoulder injury he sustained against Nadal. Sergiy Stakhovsky, who beat Roger Federer in the second round, lost in the next round, sayi...
Nadal also suffered a shock defeat at Wimbledon last year to the unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol and his coach admitted the world number five was having problems adjusting to the quicker conditions on the grass.
Steve Darcis, the world number 135 who stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, admitted he was devastated after being forced to pull out of the tournament with a shoulder injury on Wednesday.
Steve Darcis, the world number 135 who stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, pulled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury on Wednesday.
Rafael Nadal suffered his first ever opening round loss at a Grand Slam when Belgian world number 135 Steve Darcis inflicted a humiliating 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 defeat on Monday.
Journeyman Darcis clinched a shock 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 win to condemn the fifth-seed Spanish superstar to a first ever loss in the opening round of a major.
Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych lost in straight sets to Steve Darcis of Belgium on Saturday in the first round of Olympic play at Wimbledon while Christina McHale of the United States lost to Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 7-5 Saturday in the first round.
The seventh seeded pair of Indian veteran Leander Paes and Austrian Alexander Peya advanced to the French Open second round after notching up a three-set win in their opening men's doubles match at the Roland Garros here.
Steve Darcis ousted former champion and fourth-seeded Radek Stepanek in the second round of the SAP Open, winning 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7) on Thursday.