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Nadal loses to 19-year-old Kyrgios at Wimbledon
Sports By: The Bullet Wire July 1st, 2014 11:31 am
LONDON (AP) — Two-time champion Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 Tuesday.
The 144th-ranked Kyrgios, a wild-card entry, hit 37 aces and delivered a between-the-legs winner on one point. He is the first man to get to the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years.
He’s also the first player ranked outside the top 100 to beat the No. 1 man at a Grand Slam tournament since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier at Wimbledon in 1992.
Nadal, who owns 14 major singles titles, has appeared in five finals at the All England Club. But he lost in the second round in 2012 and the first round in 2013 — to men ranked 100th and 135th.
In each of Nadal’s first three matches this year, he dropped the first set before coming back to win. He again fell behind against Kyrgios, but could not turn the match all the way around this time.
Kyrgios was playing in only the fifth Grand Slam tournament of his career and was the youngest man in the Wimbledon field. In the second round last week, Kyrgios saved nine match points while beating 13th-seeded Richard Gasquet.
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