PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal loses to Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal was beaten 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 by Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios is the first player outside the Top 100 to beat the World No. 1 since Andrei Olhovsky defeated Jim Courier in the 1996 Roland Garros first round. He is the first teenager to defeat a World No. 1 since Nadal beat Roger Federer in the 2005 Roland Garros semi-finals.

Rafa captured his 14th Grand Slam championship last month at Roland Garros and was attempting to win the Roland Garros – Wimbledon double for the third time, adding to triumps in 2008 and 2010. (via ATP World Tour)

Win or lose, always with Rafa!

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8 comments

  1. 40 plus aces!!! What can you do? Our champion is dignified and a role model for young players. Congrats to Kyrgios and I hope he does well but the gloss is gone from Wimbledon for me.

  2. Disappointed for Rafa, I really thought that he had a chance to win Wimbledon this year. Kyrgios played 37 aces and some unbelievable shots, perhaps his best tennis to date. Rafa rose to the challenge as he never gave up, just couldn’t return all those aces. Unfortunately I was unable to get a ticket this year, but will try even harder next year and I am even contemplating going to the French Open. I would like to see him win another Grand Slam. He is so determined and a fantastic tennis player, an inspiring role model. Come on Rafa.

  3. History has a way of repeating itself. #1 Federer lost to teen-ager, Rafa at French and Wimby. Serena lost to 17 y.o. Maria at Wimby Finals. I had a feeling there would be these
    upsets of both French Open Champions today on Center Court. First Maria went down to Kerber then Rafa to Kyri in the 4th round not the finals, so don’t despair, anyone. I wasn’t
    really surprised since both of them brought home the gold at the French just 3 weeks ago. They are human beings not show ponies or machines.

    This is sport, these things happen. The test will be if Kyri can back it up against Milos.
    Rafa is still a world class champion. Kyri has a long long long way to go. Congrats to him.
    Good to see some new blood in the game. But Rafa will always be my favorite tennis
    player of all time!!!

    I honestly see this as a blessing in disguise for Nadal’s knees. The scheduling is disgraceful
    and so unfair at this tournament. If Nadal advanced he would have had to play tomorrow yet another demanding match 2 days in a row which is so punishing on the knees and body. With Rafa out I am rooting for Andy Murray to defend his title.

    Rafa go and enjoy some down time for a change. You certainly deserve it!!!

  4. Hard luck Rafa. You could have played both tie breakers better. You had the chance in these very close sets. Anyway, you are our champion Rafa and still the world No. 1. Take a good rest and prepare for the hard court season. Sigh….

  5. A real pity for us fans, BUT, I have to admit, this Kyrgios played really really well. Even though Nadal was not at its best, it is probably because Kyrgios was. Impressive forehand and backhand, and overall, impressive calm. Don’t be fooled by his looks, he was polite and controlled all over the match, I just can say congratulations to Kyrgios. And to Rafa, vamos! there’s still a lot of the year ahead.

  6. so sad for Rafa, match point, only to lose it . he played so well but yet again another idiot, who thinks the game of tennis is one ace after the other I think I heard ,Henman say 46 aces. who!!!
    : chose the lists for players Fed Henman , is the truth really so easy to ignore, fixed or what?? I was always told Wimbledon tennis was spiteful, now I know for sure,
    go home Rafa rest and decide what to do ,xx

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