Baseline: The Curse of Rafa: Beating a Spaniard still means losing

Beating Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam is an implausible accomplishment, though subsidy it adult is scarcely impossible. Most players fast exit a contest in a subsequent round. 

It’s happened distant some-more mostly than one competence think. In fact, it happens so mostly that “The Curse of Nadal” is starting to turn a legend amongst tennis fans. Most recently, Gilles Muller dug down and kick a Spaniard, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 in a fourth turn of Wimbledon. The Curse struck and Muller lost to Marin Cilic in a quarterfinals.

In fact, no male has ever beaten a universe No. 2 during Wimbledon (finals excluded, obviously) and left on to win their subsequent match. Here are those other instances:


2003 — Paradorn Srichaphan

  • Defeated Nadal in a Second Round: 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
  • Lost to Andy Roddick in a Third Round


2005 – Gilles Muller

  • Defeated Nadal in a Second Round: 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • Lost to Richard Gasquet in a Third Round


2012 — Lukas Rosol

  • Defeated Nadal in a Second Round: 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
  • Lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in a Third Round


2013 — Steve Darcis

  • Defeated Nadal in a First Round: 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4
  • Lost to Lukasz Kubot in a Second Round


2014 — Nick Kyrgios

  • Defeated Nadal in a Round of 16: 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3
  • Lost to Milos Raonic in a Quarterfinals


2015 — Dustin Brown

  • Defeated Nadal in a Second Round: 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
  • Lost to Victor Troicki in a Third Round

To put this in perspective, a usually other Nadal showings in London have been to strech 3 finals and win dual titles. Only time will tell either The Curse of Nadal will stay and haunt players for Wimbledon years to come. 

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