LUXEMBOURG’s Gilles Muller has sent shockwaves through Wimbledon with a seismic victory over Rafael Nadal.

The 34-year-old journeyman stunned Nadal 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13 as darkness closed in at the All England Club.

In the twilight of an unconventional career, world No 26 Muller rocked 15-time grand slam champion Nadal with 30 aces and incredible 95 winners.

Matches like #Nadal vs #Muller is why we play best-of-five set matches at the Grand Slams. Amazing! #Wimbledon

— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) July 10, 2017

From the Nadal vs Muller match, this is beyond a doubt, the most incredible point of #Wimbledon this year so far.

— Dr. Pritam Mundada (@PritMundada) July 10, 2017

Seemingly jinxed from the moment he hit his head on the ceiling in the corridors under Court 1 as he jumped to loosen up, Nadal warmly congratulated Muller post-match.

“He played well and I didn’t play well the first two sets,” Nadal said.

“That meant I was playing against the score for the rest of the match.

“Well done for him and especially in the fifth.

“He played great game, I was there and I fighted (sic) to the last ball.

“It was not my best match but, at the same time, I played my best against a very uncomfortable opponent.”

Gracious after defeat, waits for Muller & even signs autographs at the end. Class act by Nadal #Wimbledon 👏

— Ali (+_+) (@TvvitterGod1) July 10, 2017

Watched by Prince Felix of Luxembourg, Muller struggled to comprehend what he had achieved after a 4hr,48min battle with indefatigable Nadal.

“I’m really struggling to believe this,” Muller said.

“Rafa is such a great fighter and after he saved four match points, I was starting to wonder if I’d win.

“But I kept playing my way and in the end it worked out.

“I was thinking it maybe was going to get too dark and we’d have to stop.”

Muller, winner of the Sydney and Rosmalen tournaments this season, is in the best form of his life.

The junior world champion in 2001, Muller has been plagued with injury and confidence crises for much of his career.

But he has chanced on a rich vein of form over the past seven months and Wimbledon recognised his quality by elevating him to 16th seeding.

Nadal had won 28 consecutive sets before Muller ended the run in spectacular fashion, snatching the first two sets.

Gilles Muller of Luxembourg acknowledges the crowd as he celebrates victory. Rafael Nadal dejected in defeat.

The Spaniard’s inevitable comeback squared the match but Muller had the advantage of serving first in the decider.

Stretching 135 minutes and featuring 176 points alone, the fifth set will be remember as a Wimbledon classic.

Nadal saved two match points in the 10th game, another in the 20th and hovered eight times only two points from defeat.

Muller saved 14 break points in the match, including five in the fifth.

But, with Nadal trailing 13-14 and (15-40), Muller got his reward when Nadal punched a forehand long.

It was only his 17 unforced error for the match.

The length of the contest meant Novak Djokovic and Adrian Mannarino were rescheduled until tonight.

The pair will have first use of centre court from noon local time before the women’s quarter-finals take over.

Heavy rain is forecast for virtually most of the day, meaning the centre court roof will be used.


Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses for a "selfie" photograph as he leaves the court after winning against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.

ROGER Federer will seek to avenge Wimbledon semi-final defeat to Milos Raonic when he faces the lethal Canadian tomorrow night.

Raonic last season ended Federer’s quest for an eighth All England Club crown, after the Swiss suffered a season-ending knee injury in the semi-finals.

Raonic scrambled into the last eight with an iron-willed 4-6 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-1 over Alexander Zverev, clubbing 23 aces and 61 winners.

Federer schooled Bulgarian Grigo Dimitrov 6-4 6-2 6-4, declaring he is playing much freer at Wimbledon this year.

“The good thing is I’m not trying to heal something like last year’s knee,” he said.

“I’m just so happy to be in the quarters. The next match will be tough and hopefully I’ll be ready for Wednesday.”

Federer’s victory over Dimitrov triggered another shower of records for the Swiss master.

He has now reached 15 Wimbledon quarter-finals, one more than Jimmy Connors and his 50th overall at the majors, nine more than Connors.

Wimbledon is also now Federer’s most productive hunting ground, where his tally is now 87-11 — superior to his 87-13 haul at the Australian Open.

And at 35 years and 342 days, Federer is the second oldest man in the Open era to reach the last eight here behind Ken Rosewall, who was 39 in 1974.

Tomas Berdych prevailed in a 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 3-6 6-3 dogfight with Austrian eighth Dominic Thiem.


Andy Murray serves against France’s Benoit Paire during their men’s singles fourth round match.

ANDY Murray has smothered Benoit Paire’s wavering challenge to secure an 10th Wimbledon quarter-final on the tournament’s most hectic day.

The Scot tamed Paire 7-6 (6-1) 6-4 6-4, posting his 28th straight win against French opposition.

His effort to reach 10 Wimbledon quarters is better only by Roger Federer (15) among active players and Jimmy Connors (14) and Boris Becker (11) among the retired brigade.

The defending champion was typically clinical with 25 winners and only eight unforced errors to Paire’s 50 and 44.

In trouble early on serve, Murray steadied to snuff out Paire’s erratic challenge.

“I thought I played well today, maybe a couple of sloppy service games but that was by far the best I hit the ball all tournament,” he said.

“He’s not an easy guy to play, he can play every shot.

“Two weeks ago I was resting, I was a little bit concerned but I’ve managed it (hip soreness) well and I’ve played some good stuff. I’m doing well so hopefully I’ll keep it up.”

The Londoner will on Wednesday face American Sam Querrey who blunted South African Kevin Anderson’s heavy game 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-7 (11-13) 6-3.

Anderson, who saved four match points in the fourth set tiebreak, and Querrey both landed 31 aces.

In a match of serious power, Querrey unleashed 58 winners to Anderson’s 66.


Croatia’s Marin Cilic reacts after winning against US player Steve Johnson.

MARIN Cilic — Wimbledon’s sleeping giant — has taken a significant step closer to fulfilling Goran Ivanisevic’s pre-tournament prophecy.

Overshadowed by the Big Four, Cilic has reached the quarter-finals without the loss of a set after cruising past Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-2 6-2.

Tipped by his former coach and 2001 champion Ivanisevic as the likely winner of the 131st championship, Cilic has quietly excelled.

Pushed into the background by Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Cilic is mustering impressive impetus.

The beanpole Croat drilled 39 winners and nine aces past Bautista Agut, losing serve just once.

The US Open winner will play either Nadal or Gilles Muller on Wednesday.

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