Two-time champion gets whooped bad by Jamaican Ranked 102
Brown beat Nadal, the two-time champion in four sets, a day after winning a mammoth five-set doubles match
- Rafael Nadal has crashed out of Wimbledon in the second round today losing 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Dustin Brown
- The qualifier emerged victorious despite a mammoth five-set doubles match yesterday
- The Jamaican (born i germany) could have been eligible to represent the UK because of his grandmother’s roots but kept it real and said no to that
- Brown – nicknamed ‘Dreddy’ – described the victory as the ‘best day of my life’ and is planning his next upset
Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal was stunned on Centre Court today losing out to qualifier Dustin Brown in a pulsating match.
Germany’s world number 102 won 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of the tournament and dazzled the Wimbledon crowd with his swashbuckling style and imaginative shot selection.
Brown – who first toured the European tennis circuit in a VW camper van – blew away the 14-time Grand Slam winner at SW19 in the most memorable match of Wimbledon so far.
Rafael Nadal cannot hide his disappointment after his shock defeat to qualifier Dustin Brown (below) who roars with delight after his magnificent victory today
Nadal looks dejected after crashing out to Jamaican Dustin Brown – he was also beaten in the second round in 2012
Speaking after the finest victory of his career, the 30-year-old described it as the ‘best day of my life’.
He said: ‘I’m happy I got to play him on that court win or lose. All the kids that play tennis dream about being able to play on that Centre Court.
‘Playing against him there is special. Also being able to put that performance together, it was definitely very difficult and I’m very happy that I held it together for the whole match.
‘On this surface, when I go out there, obviously I’m confident that I can play my game. Obviously I am not unbeatable on this surface, but it comes more natural playing on this, especially with my type of game.
‘I know that I can play really well on this. I’m looking forward to the next match.’
John McEnroe described in his commentary that Brown’s win as one of the ‘all- time greats’ at Wimbledon.
Brown said: ‘He just said that to me to me as well. It’s a great feeling for him to say that obviously, you know, from the generation that was playing like that, playing serve and volley, coming to the net a lot. It was great to be able to do that today and do it for that long.’
Incredibly, Brown has only played the third round of a Grand Slam once before, when he lost at this stage here in 2013.
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Brown, who came through three rounds of qualifying in Roehampton last week, is a popular character in the sport known for his dreadlocks, vest and serve and volley style.
His story is quite remarkable.
Born in Germany, his parents decided to return to Jamaica when he was 11.
After playing junior tennis in the Caribbean, his family relocated to Germany in 2004 to try and achieve his dream of becoming professional.
The German world 102 punches the air after his magnificent four-set victory over the two-time Wimbledon champion on Centre Court
Brown thrilled the crowd with his swashbuckling serve and volley style and will now face Viktor Troicki, the world number 24 from Serbia
The Jamaican celebrates after overcoming the two-time Wimbledon champion as the Centre Court crowd cheers with delight in the background