Rafael Nadal Drops To 19-Year-Old Nick Kyrgios At Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal was left stunned on Tuesday when he was knocked out of Wimbledon by Australia’s 19-year-old phenom Nick Kyrgios.
Rafael Nadal Ousted From Wimbledon
Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion and the second-seed coming into the tournament this year, lost to Kyrgios in a 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 match.
Wimbledon 2014 saw Nadal fall for the third time in so many years. In 2013, after reporting knee trouble, the tennis star lost in the first round to Steve Darcis. The year prior, Nadal was handed a defeat in the second round by Lukas Rosol.
Nick Kyrgios Upsets Nadal
Kyrgios, a native of Caberra, was partially motivated to earn the upset after hearing his mother Norlaila admit that her son was the underdog versus Nadal.
“I saw an interview with her saying he was too good, so that made me a bit angry and that helped!” he quipped to The Guardian. “I think I was in a bit of a zone out there, I didn’t really notice the crowd that much.”
“I played extraordinary tennis. I got that break in the fourth set, served really well throughout the match, and I’m really happy,” Kyrgios added. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. You’ve got to believe that you can win from the outset, and I always do that. He hit some unbelievable shots.”
Now in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Kyrgios will face Canada’s Milos Raonic.