Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 2nd 2014 Contents LONDON---For the third year in a row, Rafael
Nadal made an early exit from Wimbledon after a
stunning loss to a player ranked 100th or lower.
Nick Kyrgios, a 19-year-old wild card from Australia
with a world ranking of 144, served 37 aces and used
a fearless go-for-broke style --- he even hit a winning
between-the-legs shot --- to beat the No 1-ranked
Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 and reach the quar-
"I was in a bit of a zone out there," Kyrgios said.
"I played some extraordinary tennis."
On a day when former champion Maria Sharapova
was eliminated in the fourth round and Serena
Williams could barely hit a ball and had to pull out
of a doubles match with a viral illness, Krygios made
the biggest splash of all.
Playing in his first Wimbledon and second major,
Kyrgios is the first player outside the top 100 to
defeat a No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei
Olhovskiy downed Jim Courier in the third round at
Wimbledon in 1992.
Kyrgios served out the match against two-time
champion Nadal at love, hitting an ace on match
point. He dropped his racket to the Centre Court
turf and held his head in his hands in amazement.
He did a little dance to celebrate.
"That s the biggest win of my career obviously,
and that s something I m never going to forget," he
said. "I m going to draw so much confidence out of
that no matter where I play now."
Kyrgios is the first man to get to the quarterfinals
in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years, the first teenager
to defeat a No. 1 at a Grand Slam since a 19-year-
old Nadal beat Federer at the 2005 French Open, and
the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nadal at any Slam.
For Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion and
14-time major winner, it marked another shocking
loss at the All England Club. In 2012, he was ousted
in the second round by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol.
Last year, he fell to No 135 Steve Darcis.
Kyrgios, who saved nine match points in a sec-
ond-round win over Richard Gasquet, looked like a
star in the making, showing no nerves, flashing win-
ners from all over the court, and dictating the play.
The 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) Australian struck 70
winners, compared to 44 for Nadal. He dominated
with his serve, with a fastest delivery of 133 mph (215
kph). He hit a casual winner between his legs from
the baseline in the second set.
Kyrgios will next face eighth-seeded Milos Raonic,
the first Canadian man to reach the Wimbledon
quarterfinals since Robert Powell in 1912. He beat
No. 10 Kei Nishikori of Japan 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) 6-
3. Roger Federer kept up his bid for a record eighth
Wimbledon title, beating Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-
1, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals without the loss of
Federer s win set up an all-Swiss duel with Aus-
tralian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat
Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.
Sharapova, the 2004 champion, saved six match
points before falling to Germany s Angelique Kerber
7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 in a fourth-round match that lasted
2 hours, 37 minutes.
Kerber will next face Canada s Eugenie Bouchard,
the only woman to reach the semifinals this year at
both the Australian Open and French Open.
Serena Williams and sister Venus pulled out after
only three games of a doubles match against Kristina
Barrois and Stefanie Voegele.
"I thought I could rally this morning, because I
really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the
best of me," Serena said in a statement a few hours
During the warmup, Serena had trouble collecting
tennis balls and missed completely on some practice
In the match, she hit serves which bounced before
reaching the net. Umpire Kader Nouni climbed down
from his chair and walked over to speak to Serena.
When the match was stopped, Serena wiped away
tears as she left the court.
No 23 Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic was
the first woman to reach the semifinals, beating Eka-
terina Makarova 6-3 6-1.
French Open runner-up Simona Halep and 2013
Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki won fourth-round
matches and will face each other in the quarterfinals.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Nadal upset in 4th round
by 144th-ranked Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios beat the No 1-ranked Rafael Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
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