Nick Kyrgios Topples No. 1 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios, a 19-year-old wild-card entrant from Australia, knocked out World No.1 Rafael Nadal on Tuesday in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

updated: July 02, 2014 13:02 IST
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Australia's Nick Kyrgios (L) shakes hands with Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) after Kyrgios won their men's singles fourth round match against on day eight of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2014. Kyrgios won 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3.


Wimbledon, England: Until the evening shadows fell on Centre Court Tuesday, the last time a teenager beat a No. 1 player at a Grand Slam event was at the 2005 French Open. The winner was Rafael Nadal, over Roger Federer, a couple of days after Nadal's 19th birthday.

Nick Kyrgios, a 19-year-old wild-card entrant from Australia, joined Nadal in that club Tuesday by beating him in the fourth round of Wimbledon. (Also read: Nick Kyrgios inspired to beat Nadal by mother's barb)

All limbs and panache, Kyrgios battered Nadal with big serves, boundless reach and boyish enthusiasm. Ranked No. 144 in the world, but rising fast, Kyrgios looked immune to the pressure. Rather than succumb to Nadal's stonewall defense, as most opponents eventually do, he relentlessly attacked it, building strength and confidence on the way to a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory.

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