By: Associated Press & Reuters
For the third year in a row, Rafael Nadal is making an early exit from Wimbledon after a stunning loss to a player ranked 100th or worse.
Nick Kyrgios, a 19-year-old wild card from Australia with a world ranking of 144, served 37 aces and used a fearless go-for-broke style to beat the No. 1-ranked Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 and reach the quarterfinals.
Playing in his first Wimbledon and second major, Kyrgios is the first player outside the top 100 to defeat a No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy downed Jim Courier in the third round at Wimbledon in 1992.
Kyrgios served out the match at love, hitting an ace on match point. He’s the first man to get to the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years.
Earlier, Roger Federer’s immaculate Wimbledon continued and Maria Sharapova’s ended prematurelyon Tuesday.
Federer was imperious as he glided serenely into the quarter-finals for the 12th time in his career, outclassing Spain’s Tommy Robredo 6-1 6-4 6-4. The 32-year-old, yet to drop a set in four rounds, dazzled the crowd with his artistry, making the game look ludicrously easy against the 22nd best player in the world.
Women’s fifth seed Sharapova, on the other hand, did not play well by her own high standards and her hopes of celebrating the 10th anniversary of her sole Wimbledon title with another one, were wiped away in a 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4 fourth-round defeat by Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
With her power game slightly off-key, French Open champion Sharapova trailed 5-2 in the decider but with her back to the wall she fought like a wounded tiger, saving six match points before finally succumbing.
“You need to play really 100 percent and you need to be ready for every single point,” Kerber, a semi-finalist in 2012, told reporters. “She plays until the last point. She is a great player that’s why she’s won so many grand slams.”
Lucie Safarova led a Czech charge into the semi-finals in the bottom half of the women’s draw, beating Russian 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-1.
She will face a fellow Czech in the semis, either former champion Petra Kvitova or Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
A round back, last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki survived a shoulder injury scare to beat Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 3-6 6-4.
She will play Romania’s Simona Halep after the third seed raced to a 6-3 6-0 win over Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas. Halep reached the French Open final earlier this month and began the year with a quarter-final run at the Australian Open.
All eyes have been on defending champion Andy Murray’s regal progress through the draw so far this year but Federer again issued a reminder that, when his game is flowing on a grass court there are few better sights in world sport.
Robredo never stood a chance as Federer avenged a humiliating U.S. Open defeat against the Spaniard last year.
“I feel physically in tip top shape,” Federer, who now faces an all-Swiss quarter-final against Davis Cup team mate Stanislas Wawrinka, told reporters.
While Federer is facing an unusually busy schedule at Wimbledon because of weather interruptions, Wawrinka will be playing a third match in three days on Wednesday. The fifth seed beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5) 7-6(7) 6-3 without any major alarms. Big-serving Milos Raonic celebrated Canada Day by becoming the first man from his country to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in the professional era, beating Japan’s 10th seed Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-1 7-6(4) 6-3.
Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi did all they could but still failed to get past the pair of Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in the rain-hit second round clash of the Wimbledon championships. The contest, spilling over to the second day, became lively after Bopanna and Qureshi won the fourth set to level the scores but ended up losing 7-6(3) 6-7(5) 3-6 6-4 5-7.
Men’s Singles Round4 : Nick Kyrgios def. Rafael Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3; Roger Federer def. Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-4, 6-4; Stan Wawrinka (5) def. Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-3; Milos Raonic (8) def. Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Women’s Singles Quarterfinals: Lucie Safarova def. Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1; Fourth Round: Simona Halep def. Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-0; Angelique Kerber (9) Maria Sharapova (5) 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4; Sabine Lisicki def. Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.