Rafael Nadal: 'Wimbledon defeat not a tragedy'

Nadal: 'Defeat not a tragedy'
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Rafael Nadal insists that his shock first-round exit to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon is "not a tragedy".

Rafael Nadal has insisted that his surprise first-round defeat to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon is "not a tragedy".

The Spaniard was beaten in straight sets on Centre Court on Monday by the Belgian world number 135.

"There were not a lot of good things for me," Nadal told BBC Sport. "I tried my best all the time I had my chances but I did not make it.

"It is difficult to adapt your game on grass. The only thing I can do is congratulate my opponent. It is not a tragedy I lost, it is sport."

The defeat marks the first time that Nadal has been beaten in the opening round of a Grand Slam since he turned professional in 2001.

Rafa Nadal looks disappointed during his game with Steve Darcis on June 24, 2013
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