Rafael Nadal is arguably the greatest tennis player in the world and when it’s all said and done, he’ll likely be considered one of the best — if not the best — to ever touch a racket. However, his inconsistent play is the only thing standing in his way of becoming a legend and he didn’t do himself any favors with a second consecutive early exit of Wimbledon.
As reported by the USA Today on Monday morning, Nadal “was outplayed, out served and ultimately ousted by Steve Darcis of Belgium, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8), 6-4. Darcis is currently ranked No. 135 in the world and Nadal entered the tournament as the World No. 5, the same number as his seed. Had he advanced, he would would have potentially faced Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.
But tennis fans won’t get to see their favorite matchup because Nadal choked. Again.
Now these players aren’t expected to win every tournament, but coming off his incredible French Open victory, everyone expected Nadal to at least make a good showing at Wimbledon. Now he’ll have to sit back and watch his world ranking likely fall while fellow top-five players play on at Wimbledon. Maybe this will motivate Nadal going forward. Or maybe it will only make things worse.