10 amazing facts about Nadal conqueror

2014-07-02 10:39
Nick Kyrgios (AFP)
Cape Town - The record books were rewritten following Rafael Nadal's shock Wimbledon loss to unheralded Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Kyrgios 'tweener' stuns Nadal

The 19-year-old stunned the World No 1 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 in their fourth round clash on Centre Court.

It is now the third year in a row that Nadal has lost to unfancied opponents at the All England Club. In 2012, 100th ranked Czech Lukas Rosol beat the Spaniard in five sets, while 135th ranked Belgian Steve Darcis knocked him out in straight sets last year.

The Spaniard, who recently won his 9th French Open title at Roland Garros, came into the event uncertain about his form on grass, having also suffered a surprise defeat to World No 85 Dustin Brown on the fast grass courts of Halle in Germany.

Nadal had also lost the first set in all three his matches at this year's Championships, but was improving per game and the general consensus was that should he survive the first week, he would be tough to stop.

However, World No 144 Kyrgios came out firing on Tuesday in a fearless serving display, which included a mammoth 37 aces.

Following the upset, Sport24 did some research and found 10 interesting facts about Kyrgios' efforts after the match:

1. Kyrgios became the first player outside the Top 100 to beat a World No 1 since No 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier in the third round at Wimbledon in 1992.

2. Kyrgios is the first teenager to defeat a World No 1 since Nadal beat Roger Federer in the 2005 Roland Garros semi-finals.

3. Kyrgios is the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nadal since World No 690 Joachim Johansson beat him at Stockholm in 2006.

4. Kyrgios is also the lowest-ranked player Nadal has ever lost to at a Grand Slam event. The previous was No 135 Darcis last year.

5. Kyrgios had won only one ATP tour level match heading into this year's Wimbledon, having played mainly on the second-tier Challenger circuit.

6. Kyrgios became the first player to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals on his debut since Florian Mayer in 2004.

7. Kyrgios saved nine match points to upset No 13 seed Richard Gasquet in five sets in the second round!

8. Kyrgios' 37 aces was the most number of aces Nadal had ever faced in a match in his career. The previous highest against Nadal was 35, achieved by Ivo Karlovic at Queen’s in 2008.

9. Kyrgios became first player born in the 1990s to defeat the 28-year-old Nadal.

10. Kyrgios surely hit the most spectacular shot of this year's Championships!

Kyrgios will now meet Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The pair met five weeks ago in the Roland Garros first round, with Raonic advancing in straight sets.

Sources: ATP Tour and USA Today Sports


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