Nadal sent packing by Aussie ace machine Kyrgios

Tue Jul 1, 2014 9:03pm EDT
 
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal's charge towards a third Wimbledon title came to a juddering halt in the fourth round on Tuesday when he was sensationally beaten by 19-year-old Australian wildcard Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (5) 5-7 7-6 (5) 6-3.

Ranked 144th in the world, Kyrgios fired down 37 aces and played a fearless brand of tennis to topple the world number one following two hours 58 minutes of exhilarating action.

It was the first time since 1992 a man ranked outside the top 100 had beaten a world number one.

"It hasn't sunk in at all what just played out there. I played some extraordinary tennis," said Kyrgios who is enjoying a remarkable run at these championships having saved nine match points in his third-round win over Richard Gasquet.

"You've got to believe that you can win the match from the start and I definitely thought that. I am playing some unbelievable tennis on the grass," he told reporters.

"My mind's buzzing ... I'm just going to enjoy this."

Kyrgios certainly had the crowd buzzing after causing the biggest shock of this year's men's tournament by bringing the 2008 and 2010 champion to his knees.

He opened with an ace, won the first set with an ace and sealed victory with an ace.   Continued...

 
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return during his men's singles tennis match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 1, 2014.          REUTERS/Max Rossi