Wimbledon 2013 Results: Revisiting Biggest Upsets of 1st Round in London

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 26, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts as he speaks to members of the media during a press conference following his defeat to Steve Darcis of Belgium in their Gentlemen's Singles first round match on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Thomas Lovelock/AELTC - Pool/Getty Images)
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The top stars at Wimbledon rolled for the most part in Round 1 action on Monday, but the one who didn't, Rafael Nadal, went out quietly, failing to win a single set in a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4 sweep.

For the second straight year at the All England Club, Nadal is headed home just days into the tournament, providing tennis fans with one of the most memorable upsets in the history of the Wimbledon Championships.

Here we'll revisit the biggest shockers of the opening round at Wimbledon this summer.


*Complete Round 1 results courtesy of Wimbledon.com.


Steve Darcis Stuns Rafael Nadal on Day 1

Steve Darcis was, by far, the biggest star through the first two days at Wimbledon. The 29-year-old Belgian pulled off one of the tournament's all-time great upsets when he took out two-time champion Rafael Nadal, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4, on Court No. 1.

Darcis, who came in ranked just 135th in the world, won the opening set in a tiebreaker. Still, most felt Nadal would recover and ultimately take control of the match. 

It didn't happen.

Darcis never lost confidence in himself and Rafa's doubt grew as the match wore on. After Darcis won the second set in another dramatic tiebreaker, many still thought the 12-time Grand Slam champion would turn the switch and reel off three consecutive set wins.

But Darcis picked up an early break in the third set, and Rafa began limping and keeping weight off of his left knee, which is the same one that forced him to take seven months off at the end of last year.

There would be no third-set tiebreaker, as Darcis won the final set, 6-4, to advance to the second round and shock the tennis world in the process, via ESPN:


Monica Puig Makes Short Work of Sara Errani

Before Steve Darcis introduced himself to the world on Day 1, 19-year-old Puerto Rican Monica Puig defeated fifth-ranked clay-court specialist Sara Errani in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the tournament's first big upset.

Anyone who watched Monday's match would tell you that Puig was the more aggressive and deserving player by far. 

The teenager recorded 38 winners to Errani's 13, and won 75 of the 128 total points. Puig was sensational in her return game as well, breaking the former French Open finalist four times and winning 50 percent of her receiving points for the match.

Puig, who is making her first-ever appearance in the main draw at Wimbledon, will take on unseeded Silvia Soler-Espinosa in the second round on Wednesday.


Laura Robson Makes History Against Maria Kirilenko

Up-and-comping teenager Laura Robson took out Maria Kirilenko, 6-3, 6-4, to become the first British woman in 15 years to defeat a top-10 player at Wimbledon on Day 2, as noted by Wimbledon's official Twitter account:

While many experts gave Robson a chance to win going in, the dominant fashion in which she did win certainly came as a surprise to most. Robson recorded 31 winners to just eight from Kirilenko. She also won 80 percent of her first-serve points for the match.

Robson, who will take on Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino in Round 2, was broken just once in her upset win, but broke Kirilenko's serve three times on the day.

The win marks just the second time in her career that Robson has reached the second round at the All England Club. In 2011, she defeated Angelique Kerber in three sets there in the opening round.


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