2-time champ Nadal loses 15-13 in 5th set at Wimbledon

2-time champ Nadal loses 15-13 in 5th set at Wimbledon

World no. 2 Rafael Nadal has crashed out of Wimbledon after an epic five-set defeat to 16th seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

Muller saved 14 of the 16 break points he faced during the match, including all five he faced in the deciding fifth set.

At the 10th time of asking, however, and with thousands of transfixed fans watching the drama unfold on the screen on the hill and on the edge of their seats on Court One, Nadal buckled under the relentless pressure exerted by an inspired Muller. "It helps maybe to have played so well here over the years and I try to pay it back by trying to play good tennis and hopefully exciting the crowd". It was a sensational win then given the fact that Nadal had just won his first Grand Slam title at the French Open.

The win continues Muller's career-best run at Wimbledon and marks the first time he has reached the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam since the 2008 US Open.

"The last injury I had was probably the best thing that ever happened to me", Muller said.

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Nadal has not been to the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 2011 and missed grass-court Grand Slam event a year ago because of a wrist injury.

Nadal and Muller had a lengthy rally fairly early in the tie-breaker, and the result has a great chance to stand as the best point we'll see at Wimbledon in 2017.

Murray, who has two Wimbledon titles, is 7-2 in his previous nine quarterfinal matches. The Spaniard had recovered from a slow start to level the match at two-sets-all.

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"So well done to him".

She's 8/13 to progress and 6/4 to do so in straight-sets, so I'll be going for the latter in the hope that, aided by the confidence of Monday's big win, she comes out of the blocks quickly.

"It was a great atmosphere".

Because, when all the gasping and I-was-there exclaiming fades away, what's left is what is a massively diminished spectacle with a great big gash in its gut, a bleeding-out wound.

He added: 'I want to come back, I want to play more on Centre Court'. "I had match points and didn't make them so it was getting really tough", said Muller after a second career win over Nadal, 12 years after his first which also came at Wimbledon. Back in 2005, Muller defeated Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round, although Nadal had won their most recent meeting in the 2011 third round.

The French Open finalist pulled through the opening set in a tiebreak before dominating the second to progress to the quarter-finals at the All England Club for the third time in the past four years.

Nadal was forced to save two match points, one with an ace, at 4-5, then two more again at 9-10, the first with a steadfast volley after moving Muller around the court.

After 32 holds of serve something had to give and surprisingly it was Nadal.