LONDON (Reuters) - Dustin Brown’s Wimbledon flame fizzled out in a four-set defeat by Viktor Troicki on Saturday, two days after the dreadlocked journeyman illuminated the All England Club by beating twice champion Rafa Nadal.
The 30-year-old German and his distinctive waist-length hair sent tremors through SW19 when he roughed up the Spaniard with a serve-volley barrage to reach the third round, but the 22nd-seeded Troicki brought the fairytale to an abrupt end.
The Serb wrapped up a 6-4 7-6(3) 4-6 6-3 win to add Brown’s name to a group of players who beat Nadal when ranked 100 or below and then exited the tournament at the very next stage.
Following on from Lukas Rosol (100), Steve Darcis (135) and Nick Kyrgios (144), the 102nd-ranked Brown failed to build on his stunning upset and was brought down to earth with a bump in two hours and 13 minutes on a sun-baked Court Three.
Away from the grandeur of Wimbledon’s prime arenas, Brown’s serve-volley game, which had the tennis purists purring when he beat Nadal, failed to cut through the canny Troicki’s defenses.
Brown followed in his delivery 99 times against Nadal winning 71 points, but only managed to claim 76 of 120 serve-volley attempts against Troicki.
After losing the first two sets and briefly fighting back to reduce the deficit, Brown was broken twice in the fourth set and served an untimely double fault to end the contest.
Troicki, who equaled his best grand slam performance by reaching the round of 16, will now face either Britain’s James Ward or Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.
(Story refiles to fix typo in Viktor in para 1)
Reporting by Toby Davis; Editing by Ken Ferris