Muller Shocks Nadal To Reach Wimbledon Quarterfinals

LONDON, July 10, 2017

Gilles Muller won the most unbelievable match of this tournament so far upsetting Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 on manic Monday at Wimbledon. The 34-year-old from Luxembourg won an exciting encounter full of power and athleticism on Court One after four hours and 48 minutes.

“I’m tired,” Muller told right after his match on BBC.

“It was a long match, I was two sets up, I played well then Rafa stepped it up and then it was a big battle.

“I had match points and didn’t make them, it was getting tough and I was watching the sky because thinking that would be over soon. Then in the last two match points I thought just give it a shot and go 100 per cent. It’s a great feeling.”

The 16th seed will next face the tournament’s number seven Marin Cilic of Croatia.

Murray And Federer Advance

Andy Murray recorded his 57th Wimbledon match-win to take sole occupancy of third place, ahead of Bunny Austin, on the list for most match-wins at the Church Road by a British man. The World No. 1 beat Benoit Paire 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach quarterfinals.

“I thought I played well today apart from a couple of sloppy service games in the first set. That’s by far the best I have hit it this week. He’s not an easy guy to play, tactics aren’t easy against him,” Murray said.

“Two weeks ago I was resting and a bit concerned, it was frustrating. But I have managed it well and have played some good stuff. I’m doing well and hopefully willl keep it up.”

Roger Federer defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. The Swiss maestro hit 29 winners to secure victory in one hour and 38 minutes.

“He gave me some opportunities and I was happy to take advantage of them. I felt it was a terrific match for me, I didn’t expect it to go that easy,” Federer told after reaching the stage of the final eight at a Grand Slam for the 50th time.

“I haven’t played long today but Rafa has shown that he can go far on adrenaline, they are all in the running. I missed the clay court season but to win this you need a bit of luck and feel great. I can move freely, I’m thrilled to be in the quarters and it will be tough whoever I play.”

Federer will next take on Milos Raonic of Canada, who edged past German youngster Alexander Zverev, winning 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Tomas Berdych is in his fifth Wimbledon quarterfinal at the expense of eighth seed Dominic Thiem, winning 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. He awaits the winner of the encounter between Novak Djokovic and Adrian Mannarino.

Kerber Crashes Out

In the women’s draw, Garbiñe Muguruza ensured a new woman would leave Wimbledon at the top of the WTA rankings, rallying from a set down to defeat Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“When you have somebody that it’s so, you know, physically strong, so solid, the more you win free points or make it shorter, it’s better,” Muguruza assesed. “It’s also part of my game. Like I said before, I like to don’t wait 20 shots. You know, I go for it. Today I think was a key to make short points sometimes.”

Simona Halep is only one match win away from the No.1 ranking after beating Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-2.

“I knew that is going to be a tough one,” Halep said in her post-match press conference. “She’s back and she’s playing great. I think was a pretty good tennis out there.

“I’m really pleased with the way I finished the first set. It was very close. I can say that I felt more relaxed, and I just stepped in and I hit stronger.”

The 25-year-old from Romania will next take on Johanna Konta.

“I’m not thinking about that because I was in that situation one more time,” she said. Halep was two matches from the No.1 ranking two weeks ago in Eastbourne, but failed to clinch it.

“So I feel that I have more experience and I hope I will not think that much during the match. I just want to go there and to win it.”