Tenth seed Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion in SW19, lost his only previous encounter with Brown on grass in Halle last year and he fell to the flamboyant world number 102 once again.
Brown’s unconventional style included shots that will not be found in any tennis coaching manual, but it made for a thrilling spectacle against the out-of-form Spaniard, who had been a possible quarter-final opponent for Andy Murray.
“I’ve never been on Centre Court before. I thought I’d freak out a bit, but I felt very familiar here,” Brown said.
“Being on grass and having beaten him before made me feel more comfortable. I had nothing to lose, which made it easier for me. I went for my shots. My plan was to come here and play good tennis.
“You have to play your A-game when you’re playing against him. I’m very lucky in that I’ve played him twice on my favourite surface. I wouldn’t want to play him on any other surface.”
Roger Federer thrilled Centre Court with an outrageous lob as he moved effortlessly into the third round of Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory over American Sam Querrey.
The highlight of a one-sided match was the audacious shot executed by the Swiss from behind his own baseline, slipping the racket between his legs to direct the ball over the head of the stranded Querrey.
“It’s rare that those shots happen so when they do you have to pull them off. If you don’t win the point you do look a little bit silly,” Federer said.
“It was the perfect shot, I even had a little bit of time which allowed me to get into position. It just felt like I had time.” Meanwhile Andy Murray believes his quick-fire victories at Wimbledon will give him an extra edge later in the tournament after the Scot cruised to a straight-sets win over Robin Haase.
Murray beat Haase 6-1 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 27 minutes on Court One, meaning he has taken less than four hours to reach round three after another straight-sets victory over Mikhail Kukushkin on Tuesday.
Italy’s Andreas Seppi awaits in the third round and Murray was relieved to save energy, with the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Federer potentially to come.
“In grand slams you have to try to conserve energy when you can because the two weeks can be quite draining physically and mentally,” Murray said.
Defending champion Petra Kvitova made light work of Japan’s Kurumi Nara in the Wimbledon second round as the Czech cruised through with a straight-sets win.
Kvitova dropped just one game in her opening match against Kiki Bertens on Monday and she gave away only two against Nara in a 6-2 6-0 victory.
The second seed will now play either Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina or Serbian Jelena Jankovic in the next round as she looks to add a third title to those she won in 2011 and 2014.
“I’m really happy with how I played today and how I managed to win,” Kvitova said.
“I didn’t play yesterday so I’m happy with that performance, it was a nice day and I’m glad I got what I needed.
“It doesn’t matter the time or the score, just that I won the last point.” Heather Watson is adamant she can pull off the biggest shock at Wimbledon so far by defeating Serena Williams in the third round today.
Williams is gunning for her 21st grand slam title and the world number one is on course to win all four major tournaments in a calendar year after securing the Australian and French Open crowns earlier this season.
Watson, who is ranked 59th in the world, has never reached round four at the All England Club before but the 23-year-old is in no doubt she can topple the all-conquering American.
“Do I believe I can beat her? Absolutely,” Watson said.
“There’s no point even going out there if you don’t believe you can win, because then there is no way I could possibly win anyway. I have to believe I can win from the first moment, from now. I’ll have to be very aggressive and push myself out of my comfort zone.”