Wimbledon: Troicki ousts Nadal-vanquisher Brown in third round
Dustin Brown, the dreadlocked German qualifier who knocked two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal out of The Championships in the second round on Thursday, lost to Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the third round of men's singles on Saturday.tennis Updated: Jul 04, 2015 23:04 IST
Dustin Brown, the dreadlocked German qualifier who knocked two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal out of The Championships in the second round on Thursday, lost to Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the third round of men's singles on Saturday.
Brown has thus succumbed to the so-called curse of beating Nadal by becoming the fourth man in a row to eliminate Nadal early at the All England Club and then fail to advance in the next round. All four players who beat Nadal were ranked outside the top 100 in the world.
"Obviously having the pleasure and being able to play on Centre Court and then to play a match like that (on Thursday), doesn't make a difference if I lost today or not, no one will ever be able to take that away from me," said Brown, who lost to 22nd-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.
Before the 102nd-ranked Brown, Nadal lost to No. 100 Lukas Rosol in the second round in 2012, to No. 135 Steve Darcis in the first round in 2013, and to No. 144 Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round in 2014.
Brown, whose father is Jamaican and mother is German, reached the third round at the All England Club for the second time in his career, but he has never been any further. He also made it that far in 2013.
It was this year that he made a name for himself in the tennis world, however.
Although Nadal has been struggling this season and was eliminated from the French Open in the quarter-finals for only his second loss ever at Roland Garros, he was still expected to get past the 30-year-old Brown at Wimbledon.
But Brown's play at the net troubled Nadal throughout their match, and sent the Spaniard home early for the fourth year in a row.
On Saturday, Brown couldn't replicate his game.
Brown was again playing his serve-and-volley game on Court 3 against Troicki, but it didn't work as well as it did against Nadal. Brown followed in his delivery 99 times against Nadal winning 71 points, but only managed to claim 76 of 120 serve-volley attempts against Troicki.
After losing the first two sets and briefly fighting back to reduce the deficit, Brown was broken twice in the fourth set and served an untimely double fault to end the contest.
"Basically besides one or two service games in the whole match, maybe in the beginning and one time where he double-faulted twice in a row, there weren't many games where I had chances," Brown said.
Troicki, who equalled his best grand slam performance by reaching the round of 16, will now face Canada's Vasek Pospisil.
Also on Saturday, Wimbledon's marathon man fell short this time. John Isner, the American who won the longest tennis match in history in 2010, lost 12-10 in the fifth set to U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic. The Croat beat Isner 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 12-10 in a match that resumed Saturday at 10-10.
Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in that epic match five years ago.
In the women's draw, fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the fourth round by beating Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-2 and No. 20 Garbine Muguruza of Spain defeated 2012 semifinalist Angelique Kerber 7-6 (12), 1-6, 6-2. Wozniacki will face Muguruza on Monday.
(With inputs from AP and Reuters)