19-year-old sends Nadal packing

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios beat Rafa Nadal 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios beat Rafa Nadal 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals. Picture: Facbeook.

LONDON - This time there was no escape for world No.1 Rafael Nadal.

For the fourth match in a row at this year's Wimbledon he got his fingers burned when losing the first set - only this time he was engulfed by player with dynamite in his strings.

How the tournament organisers must be slapping themselves on the back for handing Australian upstart Nick Kyrgios a wildcard.

On Tuesday, the 19-year-old world number 144 took his dream Wimbledon debut to dizzy new heights with a spellbinding display on Centre Court to outplay the twice champion using a barrage of aces and crunching baseline winners.

His 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3 win was the first by a player ranked outside the top 100 over a world No.1 at a Grand Slam since Jim Courier lost to Andrei Olhovsky in 1992.

Lukas Rosol and Steve Darcis, also ranked outside the world's top 100, ended Nadal's previous two Wimbledon campaigns, but played the matches of their careers to do it.

"He is acting to me like he can win the whole tournament," three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said after witnessing a match that will enter Wimbledon folklore.

"The last guy that I saw like that was Boris Becker, a teenager who just believed that he would beat everything that was put in his way."

While magnanimous in defeat, Nadal offered a few words of caution.

"It's easier when you are arriving. Everything is new, nothing to lose. Everything is good. We'll see if he's able to improve and play at a very high level for a long period of time, but I wish him all the best."

Nadal won the French Open aged 19 and has gone on to capture 13 more Grand Slam titles.



Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11]

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] v Roger Federer (SUI) [4]

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Marin Cilic (CRO) [26]

Milos Raonic (CAN) [8] v Nick Kyrgios (AUS)


Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Sabine Lisicki (GER) [19]

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [13] v Angelique Kerber (GER) [9]


Petra Kvitova (CZE) [6] defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) [23] defeated Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [22]