Sunday 25 February 2018 / 03:03 AM


Rafael Nadal has crashed out of Wimbledon overnight in a five set epic against Gilles Muller, while in the women’s draw, World No. 1 Angelique Kerber also bundled out in three sets against Garbine Muguruza.

Nadal’s campaign for a third Wimbledon title ended in a four hour and 48 minute thrilling battle 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-7, 15-13 against Gilles Muller. The Spaniard had recovered from a slow start to level the match at two-sets-all. But Muller ultimately clinched his second victory against Nadal at the Championship with his fifth match point.

“He played well and I didn’t play well the first two sets,” Nadal said.

“That meant I was playing against the score for the rest of the match.

“Well done for him and especially in the fifth. He played great game, I was there and I fighted (fought) to the last ball.

“It was not my best match but, at the same time, I played my best against a very uncomfortable opponent.”

The win continues Muller’s career-best run at Wimbledon and marks the first time he has reached the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam since the 2008 US Open.

“That was tough,” Muller said immediately after the match. “In the last two match points I just said give it 100%.”

It was the second time Muller had ended Nadal’s dream at Wimbledon . Back in 2005, Muller defeated Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round, although Nadal had won their most recent meeting in the 2011 third round.

Muller is now set to face Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Meanwhile, fellow top men’s seeds Roger Federer and Andy Murray avoided the upset to each book their respective places in the quarterfinals. Novak Djokovic has to wait until tomorrow for his fourth round clash against the fiery Adrian Mannarino after it was delayed because Nadal’s match went for such an extended period of time.

Federer made light work of Grigor Dimitrov, advancing 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal battle with sixth ranked Milos Raonic. The big serving Canadian knocked out rapidly rising young gun Alexander Zverev in five sets 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Andy Murray booked his place in the quarters with a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 win against the always-challenging Benoit Paire.

“I thought I played well today,” Murray said. “Maybe I played a couple of sloppy service games in the first set, but that was by far the best I had hit the ball in the tournament. Tactics aren’t easy with him.”

Tomas Berdych also marched on, upsetting eighth ranked Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, while Sam Querrey won the battle of the big-servers to knock out Kevin Anderson in five sets.

Angelique Kerber crashed out in her showdown with Garbine Muguruza. Despite winning the first set Kerber went down 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 as Muguruza will now go on to face seventh ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova, who made light work of Agnieszka Radwanska to advance 6-2, 6-4.

Caroline Wozniacki also bundled out 6-7 (4), 4-6 against the explosive Coco Vandeweghe, while Venus Williams, Johanna Konta and Simona Halep all kept their tournaments alive.

Williams, 37, is now three wins away from becoming the oldest women’s champion in open-era history, as she searches for his sixth crown at the All England Club. The last time she won here was nine years ago in 2008 when she defeated sister Serena 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

Reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is also flying under the radar with her best Wimbledon performance to date. The 20-year-old won through to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) upset against fourth ranked Elina Svitolina.


While there may be no Aussies in singles action, some still remain in the doubles draw:

Henri Kontinen and John Peers (1) def Antonio Sancic and Hugo Nys: 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua (8) defeat Elise Mertens and Demi Schuurs: 6-1, 7-6 (6)

Day 7 upsets – Top seeds who bundled out

Rafael Nadal (4) lost to Gilles Muller (16): 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13

Dominic Thiem (8) lost to Tomas Berdych (11): 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Angelique Kerber (1) lost to Garbine Muguruza: 6-4, 4-6, 4-6

Elina Svitolina (4) lost to Jelena Ostapenko: 6-3, 7-6 (6)

Caroline Wozniacki (5) lost to Coco Vandeweghe(24): 7-6 (4), 6-4

Day 8 schedule


Adrian Mannarino v Novak Djokovic (2)

Venus Williams (10) v Jelena Ostapenko (13)

Johanna Konta (6) v Simona Halep (2)


NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM

Garbine Muguruza (14) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (7)

Magdalena Rybarikova v Coco Vandeweghe (24)


NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM

Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis (1) v Roman Jebavy and Lucie Hradecka (16)

Not before 12:30pm
Henri Kontinen and John Peers (1) v Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus (10)

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