Rafael Nadal has been eliminated from Wimbledon by Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios has shocked the world, beating #1 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon

7/2/14 in Tennis   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Jul 1, 2014; London, United Kingdom; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) celebrates recording match point in his match against Rafael Nadal (ESP) on day eight of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY SportsThere have been a few surprises at Wimbledon this year, but none quite as shocking as the world's top player losing to a 144th-ranked unknown in the early rounds.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia played the match of his life, beating Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Kyrgios is the lowest player ever to beat a #1 ranked player at a Grand Slam event in 22 years.

Nadal was gracious in defeat, commending Kyrgios for his strong play. Via Yahoo:
 
"The thing is, (on) this surface, when you have an opponent that decides to serve and to hit every ball very strong, you are in trouble."

This isn't the first time Nadal has lost at Wimbledon to a low-ranked opponent. Last year, he lost to 135th-ranked Steve Darcis. The year before, it was 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol.

Nadal is still a wizard on clay and as good as anyone on the planet on hard court, but it looks like grass might be his kryptonite.

Either way, it should be exciting to see how Kyrgios' career ascends from here. He's expected to be one of the next great players, and this was a great coming out party for him.
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7/2/14   |   Scott   |   54153 respect

Nadal and defending champ Andy Murray both lose in the quarterfinals, Novak Djokovic comes back from 2 sets to 1 to advance and Roger Federer is struggling to advance.  Could we finally be finding some parity coming to men's tennis?