Aussie teenager Kyrgios stuns Nadal
Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios caused a sensational upset as he beat world number one Rafael Nadal to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
The 19-year-old wildcard’s huge serve helped him to a 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 victory on his Centre Court debut, and he will play Milos Raonic next.
Ranked 144, Kyrgios is the first man outside the top 100 to beat a world number one at a Grand Slam since 1992.
Nadal, 27, has failed to make the last eight at Wimbledon since 2011.
He lost in the second round two years ago, the first round last year, and now experiences the kind of defeat not suffered by someone at the top of the rankings since Jim Courier’s loss to world number 193 Andrei Olhovskiy at Wimbledon 22 years ago.
The Spaniard had lost the first set in each of his first three matches before recovering to win in four, but could not repeat the effort against a rampant Kyrgios.
Despite being tipped for greatness by the likes of Andy Murray and Pat Cash in recent weeks, Kyrgios had only claimed his first top-50 win last week when he saved nine match points to beat Richard Gasquet in the second round.
But firing down aces, racing between points and leaping in celebration, the young Australian took Centre Court by storm.
“I was in a bit of a zone out there and didn’t really notice the crowd,” Kyrgios 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.
“You have to believe that you can win the match from the start and I definitely did. I am playing really well on grass.”
Nadal pressed as best he could in the face of a barrage, lining up a forehand at 30-30 in game six only to see a backhand rocket back past him, and his opponent leap and punch the air in celebration.