GERRY WEBER OPEN 2014
Nadal Upset By 'Dangerous' Brown In Halle
by ATP Staff|
Four days after winning a record ninth Roland Garros title, the World No. 1 fell 6-4, 6-1 to an inspired Brown in the second round of the Gerry Weber Open. The Mallorcan had been bidding for his 700th match win.
"I lost today because my rival was playing better than me," said the 28 year old. "And at the same time, as I said yesterday, the transition from clay to grass is difficult, especially when you arrive a little bit tired and not at 100 per cent. But I tried my best."
Nadal, playing his first grass-court match since a first-round upset last year at Wimbledon (l. to Darcis), dropped the opening set with an unforced error, after having saved triple set point.
Brown raced out to a 5-0 lead in the second before Nadal finally held to force the German to close out the match on serve. Brown limited Nadal to 10 points in the second set, including just two on return.
"I've had a lot of great wins before, but this was my first time playing against a World No. 1, at home in Germany and on grass - my best surface," said Brown. "Everything came together. I tried to play my game as aggressively as possible.
"I took away the big things in [Nadal's] game that make him the unbelievable player that he is. I hit a lot of big serves. I had a plan and it worked out."
The World No. 85 recorded his second win over a Top 10 player. This past April, he upset top seed and defending champion John Isner en route to the quarter-finals the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston.
Brown will next face countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber. The pair previously met two years ago in Halle, a match Kohlschreiber won in straight sets.
Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, dropped to a 1-3 record at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament. All three of his losses have come against German players.