Muller: Shock Wimbledon win over Nadal my greatest victory

Muller: Shock Wimbledon win over Nadal my greatest victory

Muller: Shock Wimbledon win over Nadal my greatest victory

In that five matches won by Rafael Nadal and one match won by Gilles Muller.

Nadal was neither sharp nor dismal in the first two sets (Wimbledon is notoriously generous with stats, but Nadal was assessed zero unforced errors through the first set and a half), with Muller catching a huge break in the second set off a netcord that led to a break which essentially decided the second set. The 34-year-old Muller is not exactly a giant-killer: He had lost 22 consecutive matches against players in the top five. But it seemed as if Muller had the edge the more the match went on, winning early points on Nadal's service games while notching relatively routine holds on his end. "The good news is I feel good and I'm not trying to heal anything".

"Then in the last two match points I thought just give it a shot and go 100 per cent".

Muller, seeded 16th, will make his first Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance against former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic.

The first came in Sydney, the second back at s-Hertogenbosch, and he nearly beat Marin Cilic in the semis at Queen's too.

But how Muller, at 34 and after 17 years on tour, has only won two titles, both last year in Sydney and the Netherlands, could topple such a tall poppy with 14 Slams among 73 titles, is nearly beyond belief.

He dialled back in again in the sixth game and broke back but Murray at last found a flashing backhand victor to force another break and a chance to serve for the set.

Muller will always remember this victory, yet the other victor has to be a rested Marin Cilic, who displayed his peak form in a quick demolition of Roberto Bautista Agut.

"I'm really struggling to believe this", Muller said.

However, Muller trumped Nadal with 95 winners.

Magnanimous as ever, 15-times grand slam champion Nadal made no excuses, admitting Muller was the better player, but said he had wasted a golden opportunity to go all the way.

The defending champion had made fast starts in all his first three matches but this time he found himself behind after only three games.

Nadal, serving second in the fifth and deciding set, successfully served out to stay alive nine times with multiple games starting off at 0-30 and going to 30-30 or worse.

"Today was by far the best I hit the ball, the cleanest I hit the ball", Murray said in his post-match press conference.

With chances always bound to be limited on the fierce Muller serve - he entered Wimbledon fifth in aces in 2017 - not breaking serve appeared to unnerve Nadal.

"It was not easy to keep believing". Muguruza rallied past Angelique Kerber, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, and earned a bout with 32-year-old Svetlana Kuznetsova, the first entry into the quarterfinals with her 6-4, 6-2 win over fellow veteran Agnieszka Radwanska. Yeah, just a lot of relief to finally get it done'. Murray will face American Sam Querrey, the 24th seed, in the quarterfinals.

Caroline Wozniacki also bundled out 6-7 (4), 4-6 against the explosive Coco Vandeweghe, while Venus Williams, Johanna Konta and Simona Halep all kept their tournaments alive.

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