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szdaily -> Sports
Nadal loses to Muller in 5-set thriller
    2017-July-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

AFTER repeatedly digging himself out of difficult situations, Rafael Nadal finally succumbed, broken in the last game of a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 loss to 16th-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg at Wimbledon on Monday.

“I played with the right determination, right passion, right attitude,” Nadal said, “to win the match.”

But he could not pull through, extending his drought without a quarterfinal berth at the All England Club to six years.

“Just tried to hang in there,” Muller said. “Still kept believing. Yeah, somehow in the end, I made it.”

Nadal won two of his 15 Grand Slam championships at Wimbledon, and played in the final three other times, most recently in 2011. But since then, Nadal’s exits at the All England Club have come in the first round (2013), second round (2012, 2015) or fourth round (2014, 2017).

All of those losses, except Monday’s, came against men ranked 100th or worse. The 34-year-old Muller is not exactly a giant-killer: He had lost 22 consecutive matches against players in the top five. And he’d only reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal once before, at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Nadal said Muller’s powerful serve and crisp volleys make him “uncomfortable” to play.

Now Muller, who also beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2005, will get a much-needed chance to recover before facing 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals.

Other men’s quarterfinals: defending champion Andy Murray against Sam Querrey of the U.S., Roger Federer against Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych against Novak Djokovic or Adrian Mannarino. The Djokovic-Mannarino fourth-rounder was postponed until the next day; it had been scheduled for No. 1 Court after Nadal-Muller concluded.

But that duo played on and on, past 8 p.m., when the descending sun’s reflection off the arena bothered Nadal so much that he held up action; chair umpire Ali Nili asked spectators to stand in the way and block the rays. A few games later, Nili told fans to stop doing the wave, suggesting they wait for the next changeover so play could proceed.

Hours earlier came what might be interpreted as a bad omen for Nadal: Going through his prematch rituals on the way to the court, he jumped up so high that he banged his head on the doorway’s transom. He staggered back a bit, then tried to laugh it off, before rubbing the top of his head.

“Maybe that’s why the first two sets I was winning quite easy,” Muller joked. “Maybe still a little bit feeling dizzy.”

After all, until Monday, Nadal hadn’t lost a Grand Slam set since the fifth of the Australian Open final in January against Federer. From the outset of the French Open — where he won a record 10th championship last month — and through his first three matches at Wimbledon, Nadal won 28 consecutive completed sets at the majors. Healthy and playing terrifically, Nadal seemed poised to again be a factor at the All England Club.

From 2006-11, he reached the final in five consecutive Wimbledons (he missed it in 2009 because of bad knees), winning titles in 2008 and 2010.

(SD-Agencies)

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