RAFA Nadal’s career tailspin accelerated when dreadlocked German Dustin Brown condemned him to a fourth successive Wimbledon humiliation.
Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, slumped to a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 second round defeat against the world number 102, who cracked 13 aces and 58 winners on Centre Court.
Two-times champion Rafael Nadal has crashed out in the second round of Wimbledon after being out-muscled and out-thought in four sets by an inspired Dustin Brown of Germany.
The Spaniard, who has slipped down the sport's pecking order and was seeded 10 after a year of injury and below-par performances, fell 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 as Brown, ranked 102 in the world, unleashed a barrage of thunderous serves and ground strokes, mixed with clever drop shots. Brown, who had beaten Nadal in the pair's only other meeting, looked to rush the Spaniard from the start, blasting winners at every opportunity and squeezing Nadal at the net to cut off his options in an unorthodox style that had the Wimbledon crowd in raptures. Qualifier Brown, who sealed victory with a thumping ace, heads into the third round at Wimbledon for the second time, equalling his best major performance. "I lost. Sad today for that, obviously," said Nadal. "But end of the day, that's sport. Good moments, bad moments. Obviously today is a bad moment for me. Just I need to accept these kind of things that can happen. I did all my career. "I will keep going. It's not the end. Is a sad moment for me, as I said before. But life continues. My career, too. I have to keep going and working more than ever to try to change that dynamic." Since finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final, Spanish former world number one Nadal has now failed to advance past the last 16 of the grasscourt major as he lost to a qualifier for the first time in any major.