Muller squashes Nadal's wimbledon title hope

By Daily Sports on July 11, 2017

Rafael Nadal's hopes of winning a third Wimbledon title are over for another year after an epic five-set defeat by 16th seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

Spaniard Nadal, a 15-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from two sets down before Muller took a fifth match point to win 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13.

It ended Nadal's hopes of winning back-to-back French Open and Wimbledon titles for a joint-record third time.

Muller, 34, will play Croatia's seventh seed Marin Cilic in the last eight.

"That was tough," said Muller, who has reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final since the 2008 US Open.

"In the last two match points I just said give it 100%."

Even world number two Nadal's trademark competitiveness could not see off Muller in a gripping match that lasted for four hours and 47 minutes.

Novak Djokovic's match against unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, scheduled as the third match on Court One, was postponed until Tuesday as a result.

Both Nadal and Muller received a standing ovation and rapturous applause after the longest - and arguably finest - match of this year's tournament. (BBC)

•Photo shows ousted Rafael Nadal. 

Source Daily Sports

Posted July 11, 2017


 

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