Jamaican-German Dustin Brown beats Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon

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dustin-brown-wimbledon-rafael-nadal.jpgRafael Nadal was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first week for the third time in four years, bamboozled by the wild but often brilliant game of the qualifier Dustin Brown, a man who spent three years living in a camper van as he travelled Europe trying to earn a living. The German hit numerous drop shots, some unbelievable returns and generally kept the 10th seed off balance and out of kilter, clinching a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Remarkably, it was Nadal's fourth straight Wimbledon loss to an opponent ranked outside the top 100 and, after losing his hold on the French Open title last month, he must now find a way to pick himself up on the North American hard courts later this summer.

"I'm happy I got to play him on that court win or lose," said Brown. "All the kids that play tennis dream about being able to play on that Centre Court. Playing against him there is special. Also being able to put that performance together, it was definitely very difficult and I'm very happy that I held it together for the whole match."

It was not quite the shock it would have been a few years ago - Nadal lost in the second round in 2012 and the first round a year later, and also lost to Brown on grass in Halle last year. But it was still a surprise for the man who has won 14 grand slams and picked up the title here in 2008 and 2010 to lose to a someone ranked 102, who had lost in the first round in each of his past five grand slam events. But the 30-year-old Brown has a playing style all of his own and for once he put it together on the biggest stage to record the best win of his career, slamming 58 winners in the process.

Born in Germany but raised in Jamaica before switching his nationality back to that of his native land in 2010, the dreadlocked, athletic Brown has the kind of unorthodox game that can infuriate many a better player, causing them to lose rhythm.