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Nadal ousted after one match at Wimbledon

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:26 p.m. CST

LONDON (AP) — Just like that, in a span of 15 days, Rafael Nadal went from French Open champion for a record eighth time to first-round Grand Slam loser for the only time in his career.

Limping occasionally and slower than usual, but unwilling afterward to blame an old left knee injury, the two-time Wimbledon winner exited with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4 loss against 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium — one of the most stunning results ever at the All England Club.

It certainly belongs in the same category as his loss a year ago at Wimbledon, in the second round to Lukas Rosol, a player ranked 100th at the time. After that setback, Nadal missed about seven months because of his bad left knee. Since returning, he had gone 43-2 and won seven tournaments.