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Dustin Brown ousts Rafael Nadal; Roger Federer, Andy Murray advance

LONDON -- Two-time champion Rafael Nadal is making another early exit from Wimbledon, after losing in the second round to a 102nd-ranked qualifier who played the match of his life.

Dustin Brown, a German of Jamaican heritage with a clever touch, go-for-broke attitude and throwback serve-and-volley game, beat Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court on Thursday in by far the biggest surprise of the tournament so far.

Brown, a 30-year-old journeyman who had never beaten a seeded player at a Grand Slam, kept Nadal off balance all match with a mix of drop-volleys, big serves, reflex shots and quick-fire backhand serve returns.

It's the first time Nadal has lost to a qualifier at a Grand Slam, and the fourth year in a row he has lost in the early rounds at Wimbledon to a player ranked 100th or lower.

Nadal won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010 but has barely been a factor since losing in the 2011 final. He fell in the second round to No. 100 Lukas Rosol in 2012, first round to 135th-ranked Steve Darcis in 2013 and fourth round to No. 144 Nick Kyrgios last year.

Brown, who was born in Germany to a Jamaican father and German mother, moved to Jamaica at the age of 12. He returned to Europe in 2004 and traveled around the continent in a camper to play tournaments. Brown switched nationality from Jamaican to German in 2010.

Brown had played Nadal once before, beating the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1 on grass in Halle, Germany, last year. But few people gave him much of a chance against the 14-time Grand Slam winner on the greatest stage in tennis.

"I'm playing the first time on Centre Court," Brown said afterward. "It was awkward actually, I thought I was going to freak out a little bit."

Brown, who had to get through three rounds of qualifying just to make into the main draw, gave Nadal fits with his serve-and-volley tactics -- something rarely seen any more.

"With my game, it makes him not play his game at all," Brown said. "He gets two balls, or he doesn't get any balls, and he doesn't get in a rhythm."

Brown used serve-and-volley on 99 of 114 service points, winning 71 of those. He also won 49 of 85 points at the net and finished with 58 total winners, compared to 42 for Nadal.

"Being on grass, being with him on the court and having won the last match, it made me feel more comfortable," Brown said. "It was easy for me to play my game against someone like him, because I had nothing to lose."

Earlier, with a casual between-the-legs shot, Roger Federer displayed the magic that makes him so special on Centre Court.

In a vintage performance from the grass-court master, Federer blew away American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the third round and crank up his bid for a record eighth title.

And, for good measure, Federer produced another highlight-reel moment to add to his collection of breathtaking shots.

With Querrey serving at 4-2 down in the second set, Federer scampered to his right along the baseline and nonchalantly flicked a shot between his legs -- a "tweener" -- for a perfect lob over the American's head at the net. Querrey chased down the ball but hit a forehand into the net.

Point, Federer.

"It's rare that it happens, so when you get them you've got to pull it off," Federer said. "It was a perfect shot. I even had a little bit of time. I had to shuffle with the legs to get in position. I just felt like I had the time. But, you know, if you don't win the point you do look a little bit silly."

Federer looked anything but silly on this day, playing the free-flowing all-court tennis that has brought him 17 Grand Slam titles.

The two players were even at 4-4 in the first set when Federer broke Querrey with a trademark cross-court backhand passing shot -- punctuated with a fist pump and a shout of "Come on!"

From then on, it was all Federer. He broke five times in all, saved both break points he faced, had 32 winners to just 10 unforced errors, and closed out the match in less than 90 minutes.

It was another quick-fire win for the second-seeded Swiss, who dropped just seven games in his first-round victory over Damir Dzumhur.

"I've had a good run so you don't want it to stop on the first or second round," Federer said. "I guess there's also a little bit of relief that I'm actually playing well here at Wimbledon as well."

Bidding for his second Wimbledon title in three years, third-seeded Andy Murray was barely tested as he swept past an ineffective Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 on Court 1 to advance to the third round.

It took Murray only 1 hour, 27 minutes to dispatch the 28th-ranked Haase, who beat him on a hard court in Rotterdam in 2008 but never mounted a serious challenge Tuesday.

Murray, who became the first homegrown men's champion in 77 years when he won Wimbledon in 2013, is setting himself up for another serious title run this year.

"It was a good match from start to finish for me and obviously getting the early lead helped," Murray said. "I was very happy with the way that I played."

Murray tossed his wristbands into the crowd -- and happened to hit Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook, who was sitting next to Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, the Duchess of York.

"I saw her briefly after the match," Murray said. "Then the Duchess opened up her bag and my wristband was in there, so he (Brook) obviously had given it to her."

Another British player, James Ward, joined Murray in the third round, beating Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3. It's the first time since 2002 that two British men have gone past the second round at Wimbledon.

After the hottest day on record in Wimbledon history on Wednesday, temperatures were cooler and a light drizzle forced a 45-minute delay to the start of play on the outside courts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.