Nadal suffers early Halle exit

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iol spt june12 Nadal-Halle Bongarts/Getty Images World number one Rafael Nadal was sensationally dumped out of the Halle grasscourt tournament by the 85th ranked Dustin Brown. Photo by Thomas Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images

HALLE , Germany – Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal was sensationally dumped out of the Halle grasscourt tournament by Germany's world number 85 Dustin Brown 6-4, 6-1.

The recently-crowned nine-time French Open champion continued his struggles at the event, where he has yet to get past the quarter-finals.

Just days after winning a 14th Grand Slam on the red clay at Roland Garros, the 28-year-old Mallorca native saw his build-up for Wimbledon get off to the worst possible start against Brown, who has yet to win an ATP singles event. – Sapa-AFP


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