More than Rafael Nadal’s exit, what shocked us at Wimbledon during the first week was host nation’s Heather Watson’s brave attempt against top seed and World No:1 Serena Williams. No one had expected the 23-year-old unseeded player to send shivers down Williams’ spine in their third round encounter.
Watson was just two points away from winning the match before Williams, a more experienced and obviously better player, turned the tables on Watson, clinching the set and match (6-2 4-6 7-5 ).
The young Brit has won everyone’s heart with her fighting spirit, and it wouldn’t take her long to climb up the rankings hopefully. Nadal, a two-time champion and five time finalist, was seeded 10th this year,his lowest ever in a decade, ergo, it was hoping against hope to expect the former No:1 surviving the first week.
For the fourth straight year, Nadal has ceded to a player who is ranked outside 100. On the flip side, dreddy the dreadlocks, who used to travel around on tour on his caravan, became an overnight sensation, with his Twitter following almost doubling overnight.
Dustin Brown’s win over Nadal was his second straight victory over the Spaniard (6-4 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-3).
Unfortunately, the 30-year-old’s dream run came to an end against Croatian Viktor Troicki in four sets -- 6-4 7-6 4-6 6-3. Although he lost, Brown hit a brilliant drop shot that would linger in our minds for long. You can watch it here.