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Muller ends Nadal's 3rd Wimbledon title dream in fourth-round classic

11 July, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Christina Hansen
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After digging himself out of hard situations over and over during the course of a riveting encounter that lasted more than 4 1/2 hours, Nadal suddenly faltered, getting broken in the last game and losing to 16th-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday. He has won 30 sets of tennis across an unbeaten French Open and the first three rounds of Wimbledon and not dropped one.

It has not gone smoothly for the two-time Wimbledon champion at the start of the second week, though, as he banged his head when jumping in the tunnel before going out to face Gilles Muller on No.1 Court.

At Wimbledon, it was a straight sets win over Marton Fucsovics, before he beat Lukas Rosol in a five-set epic to the tune of 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 9-7.

Djokovic had been due to take on Adrian Mannarino on No1 Court after the conclusion of Nadal and Muller's clash. That was the best I've played so far in the tournament.

Nadal had been evasive about his future in the press conference following his Wimbledon exit
Nadal had been evasive about his future in the press conference following his Wimbledon exit

Muller then moved onto the AEGON Championships, thumping Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sam Querrey to make the semi-finals, before being tossed out by Marin Cilic.

But Muller stunned the Spaniard, and a disbelieving Court One, by triumphing 15-13 in a marathon fifth set which lasted two and a quarter hours. I am not saying anything could happen.

In a pulsating final set, which stretched to 95 minutes, Nadal saved two match points in the 10th game and two more in the 20th. I think I did well.

Earlier Monday, Roger Federer and Andy Murray both reached the quarters with straight-set victories.

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"I'm thrilled to be back in the quarters again", said Federer who took his record over Dimitrov to 6-0.

Federer, a seven-time champion at the All England Club and one of the fan favorites, reached the quarterfinals here for the 15th time in his career.

Like his opponent, Cilic has never been further than the quarter-finals of Wimbledon but he will fancy his chances having dumped the Luxembourger out in the last-four at Queen's.

The All England Club defended the decision not to switch Djokovic against Mannarino to Centre Court.

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"Querrey, the United States 24th seed who knocked out Novak Djokovic in 2016, made the quarter-finals for a second successive year with a 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-7 (13/11), 6-3 over unseeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa". The 24th-seeded American defeated Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-3.

It's tough to see where Nadal's next loss is coming from, but Muller has also been in strong form after an incredibly disappointing first-round exit at the French Open.

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