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Rafael Nadal suffers shock Wimbledon exit

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal has been knocked out of Wimbledon by Belgium's Steve Darcis in one of the biggest shocks of recent years.

Darcis, ranked 135 in the world, beat the Spaniard 7-6 7-6 6-4 in their first round match on Court One.

Rafael Nadal lost in straight sets to 29-year-old Belgian Steve Darcis Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Nadal, who won the French Open earlier this month, also suffered a shock early elimination at Wimbledon last year when he lost to Lukas Rosol.

The 12-time Grand Slam winner, who was seeded fifth for this year's tournament, could have faced Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and Andy Murray in the last four.

Murray faces extra-tough path to Wimbledon final

Murray lost last year's Wimbledon final to Roger Federer. Credit: PA

Andy Murray was confirmed as the second seed for the Wimbledon men's singles today and French Open champion Rafael Nadal is a potential quarter-final opponent.

Nadal is still climbing back up the world rankings after a long spell out with a knee injury and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer gets the fourth seed spot.

It means that the French Open champion could play Murray, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer as early as the quarter-finals.

And Andy Murray could face an unusually tough route of a Nadal quarter-final, Federer (world number 3) in the semi-final and Djokovic (world number 1) in the final.

Tennis fans will not know for sure until the official Wimbledon draw is made on Friday.


Wimbledon fans undaunted by rain

After Thursday's sizzling temperatures at Wimbledon, tennis fans have had to put up with drizzle instead today.

Matches had to be delayed on the outside courts for more than an hour due to rain, but fans did not let the damp conditions spoil their day out.

Tennis fans keep their spirits up despite the weather as they queue for Andy Murray Credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire


Wimbledon fans queue overnight for Brit hopefuls

Fans have been queuing overnight to see Heather Watson in action Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Tennis fans have been queuing overnight to try and catch latest British sensation Heather Watson at Wimbledon.

Others arrived 24 hours ahead of time to see Andy Murray, who does not play his next match until Saturday.

Britain has two players in the third round for the first time in a decade.

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