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Nadal conqueror Darcis withdraws from Wimbledon

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Steve Darcis's joy at knocking Rafa Nadal out in the first round at Wimbledon turned to despair on Wednesday as the lowly-ranked Belgian withdrew due to a shoulder injury. The 29-year-old's stunning victory over the twice former champion went down as one of the tournament's greatest shocks and elevated the journeyman player into the limelight.

Tennis: Nadal conqueror Darcis out of Wimbledon with injury

Steve Darcis, the world number 135 who stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, pulled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury on Wednesday. "Had to withdrawn after a win like this!?THE most difficult thing i had to do!!!#," tweeted the 29-year-old Belgian. Darcis had been due to face Poland's Lukasz Kubot in the second round later Wednesday. Earlier in the day, his coach admitted that Darcis, who suffered the injury when he fell over against Nadal, would be forced out.

Tennis: Nadal conqueror Darcis out of Wimbledon with injury

Steve Darcis, the world number 135 who stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, pulled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury on Wednesday. "We have just received confirmation that Steve Darcis has withdrawn from his second round match against Lukasz Kubot with a right shoulder injury," said a statement from the organisers. Earlier in the day, his coach admitted that Darcis, who suffered the injury when he fell over against Nadal, would be forced out. "There is a 99% chance that Steve will not play his second round match," his coach Reginald Willems told sudinfo.be.

'The Shark' bites back to make his name with Nadal defeat

By Clare Fallon LONDON (Reuters) - In terms of career prize money, Rafa Nadal and Steve Darcis are $54 million apart but it was the Belgian who had the bigger smile on Monday after beating the former champion at Wimbledon. The archetypal journeyman player, who has battled through a series of injuries in a long and not especially fruitful career, Darcis could not have looked happier as he reflected on the shock upset he had produced on Wimbledon's opening day.

Tennis: 'Shark' Darcis basks in taking bite out of Nadal

Steve Darcis basked in his nickname of 'Shark' as he sunk his Belgian teeth into Rafael Nadal on Monday, but his reaction to discovering who he was playing at Wimbledon was not so intimidating. "Shit!," said the world number 135 when asked what his initial thoughts were when he had been drawn to face the 2008 and 2010 champion in the first round. It was a reasonable reaction for a 29-year-old who has never got beyond the second round at the All England Club in his career and arrived in London having won just two matches on the tour all year.

Tennis: Nadal suffers Wimbledon humiliation

Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal crashed to one of the most humiliating defeats in Wimbledon history on Monday at the hands of Belgium's world number 135 Steve Darcis. 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. It also came just two weeks after Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion, had celebrated a record eighth French Open title.

Tennis: Nadal suffers Wimbledon humiliation

Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal crashed to one of the most humiliating defeats in Wimbledon history on Monday at the hands of Belgium's world number 135 Steve Darcis. 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. It also came just two weeks after Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion, had celebrated a record eighth French Open title.

Tennis: Nadal suffers Wimbledon humiliation

Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal crashed to one of the most humiliating defeats in Wimbledon history at the hands of Belgium's world number 135 Steve Darcis 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. It also came just two weeks after Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion, had celebrated a record eighth French Open title.

Tennis: Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon in first round

Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal crashed to one of the most humiliating defeats in Wimbledon history Monday at the hands of Belgium's world number 135 Steve Darcis. 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. Darcis next plays Poland's Lukasz Kubot. dj/smg

Tennis: Sud de France Open results

Results from the second day of the ATP Sud de France Open on Tuesday Men's singles 1st round Steve Darcis (BEL) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/0) afp
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