Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon after epic five-set loss to Muller

Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon after epic five-set loss to Muller

Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon after epic five-set loss to Muller

But I still kept believing and somehow in the end I made it. And Muller - who already owned one victory over Nadal at Wimbledon, back in the second round in 2005 - managed to pull this one out, unfazed despite allowing opportunities to pass him by. He again was twice a point from losing in the 20th.

The pair have played on six previous occasions, with Nadal winning five.

Luxembourg's Muller played one of the matches of his life and a shock looked on the cards when he took a 2-0 lead, but the Majorcan is made of stern stuff and refused to give in.

Twelve years on and that same man, Gilles Muller, could ambush Nadal's attempt to land a third title.

"It's true that I played some good matches, but at the same time it's true that I didn't want to lose that match".

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Former finalist Garbine Muguruza blew the women's draw open with a three-set fourth-round ousting of world No.1 Angelique Kerber, but five-time champion Venus Williams, second seed Simona Halep and Konta are all also through the quarter-finals.

The four hour and 48-minute stunner on Court One had the knock-on effect of pushing Novak Djokovic's last-16 clash against France's Adrian Mannarino back to tomorrow.

A Muller double fault on the fourth, correctly overruled by umpire Ali Nili, served to ramp up the tension yet further as the underdog held. A few games later, Nili told fans to stop doing the wave, suggesting they wait for the next changeover to resume. That cost me two sets against in the score. "So maybe he deserve it a little more than me".

Nadal converted just two of 16 break points, while Muller fired 30 aces and 95 winners. If Nadal's serve is even slightly off, there could be an upset. He double-faulted to trail 15-40, offering Muller his two initial match points, before erasing those with an ace and a service victor. Nadal deleted the first with a volley victor, and the second disappeared when Muller shanked a return.

Nadal drew on all his experience to dig deep to draw level, only to find himself facing two match points at 4-5 in the decider against an equally resolute opponent.

Instead, it was Muller who was able to enjoy a win that seemed to be slipping away.

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.

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