It takes a pretty special teenager to defeat the world number one at a grand slam. Rafael Nadal knows this from experience, as before his four set defeat to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round of Wimbledon, he was the last man to do it to Roger Federer at the French Open in 2005.
This is Nadal’s third straight loss at Wimbledon before the quarter final stage highlighting the world number one’s struggle on the grass. Even in this year’s draw he dropped the first set before winning the subsequent three sets in all three of his matches. In contrast to the 2012 defeat to the No. 100 ranked Lukas Rosol and last year’s upset by No. 125 ranked Steve Darcis, this was not a journeyman notching the upset of his career. It wasthe arrival of a star who has all the essentials to be a champion.
The Australian demonstrated his mental strength and determination after being two sets to love down and saving nine match points to beat Richard Gasquet in the second round. The world no. 144, whose career earnings total £138,000 possesses a beastly serve that recorded a staggering 37 aces compared to the No. 2 seeds 11. Although recording more unforced errors than Nadal, it was the tally of winners that decided the match; he hit 70 winners against Nadal’s 44. Kyrgios was striking and making every shot while Nadal could only break his opponent once the entire match.
From his performance so far, there are signs of greatness on the horizon for this teenager who was playing in only his second grand slam. He goes up against Eighth seeded Canadian, Milos Ranoic on Court One tomorrow in what will be a battle of the big servers.
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