Nadal conquerer Dustin Brown hopes for encore
After his stunning win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Dustin Brown said it was easy to play well when expectations were so low. The 102nd-ranked German won’t have that luxury on Saturday against Viktor Troicki. Everyone wants to see what Wimbledon’s latest sensation can do for an encore.
“Dustin was very entertaining on Friday,” said Nick <g data-gr-id="24">Kyrgios</g>, the Australian who beat Nadal in the fourth round here last year. “I thought he played some really courageous tennis as well. The crowd loved it. He’s very unorthodox what he does out there and I thought it was pretty cool.” It wasn’t so much the result that had people buzzing - it was the fourth year in a row that Nadal lost to an opponent ranked 100th or lower at Wimbledon - but the manner in which Brown dismantled the two-time champion. His aggressive serve-and-volley style is almost as unusual in tennis these days as Brown’s long dreadlocks. But it’s especially well-suited to grass, and expectations ahead of his third-round match are now soaring.
“On this surface, when I go out there, obviously I’m confident that I can play my game,” Brown said.