Well, That Was... Unexpected
In retrospect, given the injury, these events made a certain kind of sense. But how to explainthis? How to make sense of what happened on Court No. 1 on Monday when Darcis beat the eight-time French Open champion?
The score was 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4, and it was punctuated by a terrific ace down the middle (his 13th of the match).
What on earth happened?
"Sometimes you play well and have the chance to win," Nadal said later, "and sometimes you play worse and lose. That's all. At the end, it's not a tragedy, it's the sport."
Nadal declined to actually say he was injured, but essentially admitted he was: "Is not the right day. I tried my best out there in every moment. It was not possible for me this afternoon."
Later, he added: "I don't want to talk about my knee this afternoon. All I want to say is congratulations to Steve Darcis. Anything I say about my knee is an excuse."