Nadal stunned by Kyrgios; Federer, Wawrinka into Wimbledon quarters

The Sports NetworkJuly 1, 2014 

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios ousted world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in stunning fashion in Tuesday's fourth-round action at Wimbledon, while Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka safely advanced to set-up an all-Swiss quarterfinal at the All England Club.

The wild card Kyrgios vanquished the second-seeded Nadal, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, on the famed Centre Court.

After three tight sets, two of which were won by the young Aussie, Kyrgios officially assumed control in the fourth by racing out to leads of 4-1 and 5-2.

The 144th-ranked Kyrgios displayed all of his weapons in pulling off the shocker in just under three hours by converting on his first match point with a thunderous ace, his 37th of the day.

Both players could manage only one break apiece in the bout and Kyrgios tallied 26 more winners than his great Spanish counterpart (70-44).

The 19-year-old Kyrgios is the youngest man in the men's draw, making his main-draw debut here, and will now appear in his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.

"I think I was in a bit of a zone out there," Kyrgios told BBC television. "It hasn't sunk in what just played out out there. I played extraordinary tennis. I was struggling a bit on return, but I worked my way into it. I served at a really good level and I'm really happy.

"You've got to believe you can win the match from the start and I did. I'm playing unbelievable tennis on the grass. He hit extraordinary shots, but he's always going to bring that."

Just last year, Kyrgios was lifting the boys' doubles trophy with fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis. The Canberra native came into Wimbledon on the back of winning the Nottingham grass-court ATP Challenger Tour title and had won just one tour-level match this season. He is the first player to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals in his debut since Florian Mayer in 2004.

And Kyrgios is the first player outside the top 100 to beat the world No. 1 since Andrei Olhovsky bested Jim Courier in the first round at the 1996 French Open.

This marks the first time that Nadal has lost to a wild card at a Grand Slam event and this was the first time that a teenager beat a world No. 1 since Nadal topped Federer as a 19-year-old at the 2005 French Open.

Nadal's recent struggles at Wimbledon continued, as he failed to reach the quarterfinals for a third straight year, losing to a sub-100 player each time. He lost to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round in 2012 and Belgian Steve Darcis in the opening round a year ago.

Nadal was fresh off winning his record ninth French Open title and 14th overall major championship. The Spanish stalwart is a two-time Wimbledon champ and three-time runner-up at the All England Club.

He said that losing on Tuesday was "for me, a bitch."

Kyrgios will meet eighth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic in Wednesday's quarters.

The fourth-seeded Federer eased into his 12th quarterfinal at the All England Club by handling 23rd-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in a clinical performance on the No. 1 Court. Federer exacted a bit of revenge, having lost to Robredo in the fourth round at last year's U.S. Open.

A precise Federer failed to drop even one point on his first serve in the second set, and as he has all fortnight long, the elegant Swiss has yet to drop his serve at all.

Federer dismissed the former top-10 star Robredo in a mere 1 hour, 34 minutes to improve to 71-8 lifetime at The Championships. The iconic star fired 11 aces and broke Robredo four times en route to the finish line on Day 8.

Robredo has never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The amazing Federer is the men's all-time leader with 17 Grand Slam titles, including seven Wimbledon crowns. He was also a runner-up here back in 2008.

Federer is 8-0 on grass this year, including a title in Halle, Germany, a few weeks ago.

The 32-year-old star will next face the fifth-seeded Australian Open champion Wawrinka, who reached his first-ever Wimbledon quarterfinal by cooling off hot 19th-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7), 6-3. Lopez had been 12-1 on grass this year, including a title in Eastbourne two weeks ago and a runner-up finish at The Queen's Club in London the week before that.

Wawrinka fired 31 aces past Lopez and tallied the only break of the match in the third set. The Swiss slugger smacked 17 more winners (55-38) on his way to victory.

The 29-year-old Wawrinka should have his hands full with his good friend Federer, who leads their lifetime series, 13-2.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned Raonic made it a happy Canada Day back home by landing in his first career Wimbledon quarterfinal by overcoming 10th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Raonic drilled 35 aces and broke Nishikori three times, compared to only one break for the Japanese loser.

The 23-year-old Raonic reached his first-ever major quarterfinal at the French Open last month.

Wednesday's other quarterfinals will pit top-seeded Novak Djokovic against 26th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic and third-seeded Andy Murray versus 11th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov. Djokovic titled here three years ago and lost to Murray in last year's marquee finale, as Murray became the first British men's Wimbledon singles champion in 77 years.

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