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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Gilles Muller beats Rafael Nadal: Reaches his first ever #Wimbledon quarter-final

Wimbledon continues to bring Rafael Nadal more misery of late, as he was upset Monday by big-serving Gilles Muller in a gripping five-set marathon that lasted 12 minutes shy of five hours.
When Muller edged Nadal 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-4 15-13 on so-called "Manic Monday" -- each player remaining in both singles draws was scheduled to take to the court -- it ended the Spaniard's bid for a third French Open-Wimbledon double.
The absorbing fifth set alone lasted 135 minutes, with Nadal finally succumbing on a fifth match point when he sent a forehand long. He had saved two match points at 4-5 in the fifth with two fine serves of his own and then two more at 9-10.
But 16th-seed Muller also showed great courage, fending off four break points a game earlier. How Nadal will rue those missed opportunities, especially since on at least two he probably should have won the point.
Overall, Nadal went a mere 2-for-16 on break points, while his fellow left-hander was a considerably better 3-for-8. Muller struck 30 aces to Nadal's 23.
Having previously downed Nadal at Wimbledon in 2005, the veteran from Luxembourg became just the sixth man to get the better of the 31-year-old at least twice at grand slams: He joined the illustrious quintet of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer.

2 comments:

  1. Don't believe Nadal is out!

    Long live TBW

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  2. Bose04:31

    Congrates to him!

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