Wimbledon 2014: Teenage Wild Card Eliminate Nadal in 4th Round

Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios continued his impressive Wimbledon form, causing a huge upset as he knocked out world number one Rafael Nadal to grab a last-8 slot.

The 19-year-old wildcard blasted down 37 aces and hit 70 winners to beat the 14-time Grand Slam champion 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 on his Centre Court debut.

“You got to believe you can win the match from the start and I did,” said Kyrgios after his win over Nadal.

Rafael Nadal Congratulates Nick Kyrgios After the Teenager Stunned Him to Four Sets Win. Image Credit: AELTC.
Rafael Nadal Congratulates Nick Kyrgios After the Teenager Stunned Him to Four Sets Win. Image Credit: AELTC.

The player ranked 144, will next play Milos Raonic, who beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori in four sets to become the first Canadian man to ever reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

And back to the celebrated win of Day 10, Kyrgios is the first man outside the top 100 to beat a world number one since 1992 and the first teenager to beat a world number one since his current victim beat Roger Federer at the 2005 Roland Garros aged 19 years and two days.

Nadal has now failed to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon since 2011. Unfortunately, as has become a norm in the Spaniard’s 2014 campaign at the All England Club, he lost the first set but unlike his previous three matches failed recover against a rampant Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, just last week saved nine match points to beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the second round.

“It was a bit of a zone out there and didn’t really notice the crowd,” the Aussie told BBC Sport. “I was struggling a little on return but I worked my way into it and I served really well throughout, so am very happy.”

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