There were not many times before today that anyone heard Dustin Brown‘s name in the headlines. If anyone remembers his name it was probably because of his 2014 victory at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, over Rafael Nadal. Today Brown faced off against Nadal again and the result was no different, as Brown was able to defeat Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, to advance on to the third round at Wimbledon.
Brown who was ranked 102 was not given much of a chance to take down the number 10 seed Nadal. It was evident from the start, that Brown was going to attack and make Nadal play his game at his pace.
Brown told The Telegraph “Coming playing the first time on Centre Court. It was awkward. I thought I would freak out a bit. I don’t know if it was the match in Halle but being on the court with him made me feel comfortable. I have nothing to lose playing him. That makes it easier for me, playing my shots. But if I lose no one’s going to say anything bad. My game doesn’t let him play his game”.
Brown made the two time Wimbledon Champion very frustrated with his aggressive serve and volley style of play. Brown was able to absolutely dominate Nadal on serve and volley points as Brown won 71 out of 99 serve and volley points during his match against Nadal.
Brown was also very pleased to play Nadal on grass for the second time in his career telling BC Sports, “I am fortunate I played him twice on grass, which is my favorite surface – I wouldn’t want to play him anywhere else”. Brown is now 2-0 against Nadal in his career, both times playing Nadal on a grass surface.
This is going to be another tough loss to swollow for Nadal. This is now the fourth year in a row Nadal has been eliminated early at Wimbledon. The previous four years Nadal lost in the second, first, fourth and again this year in the second round, all coming against players ranked higher than 100 in the world. This also marks the first time in Nadal’s career where he has lost to a qualifier in a Grand Slam tournament.
Brown’s victory over Nadal is only the second time this year he won back-to-back matches on the ATP tour. This, however, is by far the biggest victory in Brown’s career and he will now face Viktor Troicki of Serbia in the third round of the Wimbledon tournament.
This victory for Brown may have come as a shock to many people, but if Brown can continue to play like this, it will not be a shock to anyone if he is playing for a chance to win the Wimbledon Championship.
Watch: Dustin Brown vs Rafael Nadal Wimbledon Highlights.