Australian Open

The curse of beating Nadal

2016-01-25 14:52
Rafael Nadal, right, of Spain is consoled by compatriot Fernando Verdasco (AP)

Melbourne - There appears to be a trend in world tennis at the moment, defeat Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam and then almost be assured of losing the very next match.

There have been nine players (listed below) who have defeated Nadal in a Grand Slam and only one of these (world No 1 Novak Djokovic) didn’t lose their next match.

It is worth noting that although Djokovic won his next match, it was in the 2015 French Open final that he surprisingly lost to Wawrinka in what would have been a calendar Grand Slam for him.

Players be warned! Defeating Nadal is not what it is cracked up to be!

Verdasco 2016 Australian Open (lost to Sela)

Fognini 2015 US Open (lost to Lopez)

Brown 2015 Wimbledon (lost to Troicki)

Djokovic 2015 French Open (won next game, but lost the final to Wawrinka)

Berdych 2015 Australian Open (lost to Murray)

Kyrgios 2014 Wimbledon (lost to Raonic)

Wawrinka 2014 Australian Open (won final against Nadal, but lost 1st round of 2014 French Open)

Darcis 2013 Wimbledon (walkover to Kubot)

Rosol 2012 Wimbledon (lost to Kohlschreiber)

Read more on:    australian open  |  rafael nadal  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.