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Muller Stuns Nadal in Epic Match to Reach Wimbledon Quarterfinals

Muller Stuns Nadal in Epic Match to Reach Wimbledon Quarterfinals
Gilles Müller, the No. 16 seed from Luxembourg, reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time by defeating Rafael Nadal in five sets. Photo: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal was knocked out of Wimbledon after losing to Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in a mammoth five-set match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

The Spaniard, a 15-time Grand Slam winner, came from two sets down to level the match, but was ultimately beaten 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-15 by the 16th seed after 4 hours and 48 minutes – the longest match of this year’s tournament so far.

Defeat ends Nadal’s hopes of winning back-to-back French Open and Wimbledon titles for a joint record third time.

“I’m tired,” Muller, who took a fifth match point to seal his victory, told BBC Sport.

“It was a long match – I was two sets up, I played well then Rafa stepped it up and then it was a big battle.

“I had match points and didn’t make them – it was getting tough and I was watching the sky thinking that would be over soon.

“Then in the last two match points I thought just give it a shot and go 100 percent.

“It’s a great feeling.”

Muller’s reward is a quarterfinal encounter with Croatia’s Marin Čilić, who eased to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.

Defending champion Sir Andy Murray is also through to the last eight after defeating France’s Benoit Paire 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Next up for the Briton is a meeting with American Sam Querrey, a 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 victor at the expense of South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

Seven-time champion Roger Federer booked a quarterfinal spot thanks to a comfortable 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.

The Swiss will go onto face Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals after the Canadian downed Germany’s Alexander Zverev 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

The other quarterfinal pits Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych against either Serbia’s Novak Djokovic or France’s Adrian Mannarino.

Berdych came through a five-set match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, triumphing 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Djokovic and Mannarino are due to play their fourth-round match tomorrow.

In the women’s singles event, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza beat top seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.

Awaiting the 14th seed is Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated Poland’s Agnieszka Radwańska 6-2, 6-4.

Defeat for Kerber means she will lose her world number one ranking as she had needed to reach final to have a chance of retaining top spot.

Romania’s Simona Halep will replace Kerber as world number one if she reaches the semifinals.

Halep overcame Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-2 today.

Standing between her and a place in the last four is Johanna Konta, who becomes the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1984 to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win over France’s Caroline Garcia.

Five-time champion Venus Williams moved into the quarterfinals with a routine 6-3, 6-2 win over Croatia’s Ana Konjuh.

The 37-year-old American, seeded 10th, will take on French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the last eight.

Ostapenko beat fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6.

Slovakia’s Magdaléna Rybáriková, ranked 87th in the world, qualified for her first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Croatia’s Petra Martic.

Rybáriková next goes up against American Coco Vandeweghe, who beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-6, 6-4.

By Daniel Etchells

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz


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