Nadal: It’s not the end

Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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Rafael Nadal refused to view his Wimbledon second-round defeat by dreadlocked German Dustin Brown as a signpost pointing towards the end of his career.

Nadal became the biggest casualty of this year’s championships when he crashed to a 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 defeat in a thrilling match on Centre Court to extend his slump in form.

The 29-year-old Spaniard has now failed to progress beyond the fourth round of Wimbledon since appearing in the final in 2011 and has not reached the semi-final of a Grand Slam since winning the French Open last year.

“Obviously this is a bad moment for me. I need to accept these kind of things that can happen. I have done that all my career,” he said.

“I’ll keep going – it’s not the end. It’s a sad moment, but life continues. My career too. I have to keep going and working more than ever to try to change that dynamic.

“I know I am going to every tournament with the right motivation, working well. I think I made all the things well to prepare here this tournament.

“In 2012 and 2013 I was not competitive because I had too many problems with my knees.

“Last year and this year there have been no problems at all with my knees. I was ready to compete. I lost.

“I don’t know if I will be back to the level of 2008 or 2010 or 2007 or 2006 or 2011.

“I’m a good loser. When I don’t play that well, I always accept it. I am not happy, but I accept that I am not enough good.”

Roger Federer thrilled Centre Court with an outrageous lob as he moved effortlessly into the third round with a 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory over American Sam Querrey.

The highlight of a one-sided match was the sensational shot executed by the Swiss from behind his own baseline, slipping the racket between his legs to direct the ball over the head of Querrey.

“It all happened very quickly. The easiest way for me was somehow through the legs rather than coming to a complete standstill and then hitting a lob, which he would have seen where it was going to go,” Federer said.

“Through the legs, you’re not sure if it’s going to come short or high. I got lucky. I hit it perfectly. I felt like there was a chance, legitimate chance, to win the point. And it was fun.

“It just happened to be the right thing. I picked the right side. Like I said, I got lucky also. If you don’t win the point you do look a little bit silly.”

Third seed Andy Murray joined Federer in the third round with a 6-1 6-1 6-4 win over Robin Haase.

Benoit Paire was warned for kicking a line judge’s chair en route to slumping to a 6-2 6-4 3-6 3-6 3-6 loss to Spanish 20th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

French 13th seed Jo Wilfried Tsonga eased into the third round after seeing off Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-4 6-4 on Court One.

Tomas Berdych, the Czech sixth seed, enjoyed comfortable passage into the third round with a 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Nicolas Mahut.

Frenchman Gael Monfils toppled compatriot Adrian Mannarino 7-6 7-3 7-5 on Court Three.

Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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