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Tennis: Nadal knocked out in Halle as Federer advances

Published on Jun 13, 2014 7:21 AM
German Dustin Brown celebrates a point during his second round tie match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the ATP Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany on June 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HALLE WESTFALEN, Germany (AFP) - Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal suffered a shock second round defeat at the hands of German world number 85 Dustin Brown on the grasscourts of Halle on Thursday.

The right-handed Mallorca native, fresh from his ninth French Open title last Sunday, crashed 6-4, 6-1 at the hands of the lanky Brown who is still looking for his first ATP singles' title.

"Difficult to talk about the match, I don't know what to say. I didn't play," said a downcast Nadal following his defeat.

"It can happen on this surface against such a opponent. This match has no value preparing for Wimbledon but the match was negative in all ways.

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