Muller Stuns Nadal out of Wimbledon

Muller Stuns Nadal out of Wimbledon

Even world number two Nadal's trademark competitiveness could not see off Muller in a gripping final set which took two and a quarter hours - more than half an hour longer than Roger Federer's win over Bulgarian 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov. I felt like I moved well, though maybe I could have served a little bit better. While Nadal served at 4-4, 30-all in the second set, Muller recorded a lucky net cord victor, the ball dribbling over the net way out of Nadal's range, for a break point, before the Spaniard flubbed a volley low into the net to hand Muller the break on the next point.

Yet an ice cool Muller saved 14 break points in the match and had the better of a seemingly never-ending final set under pressure to stun the legendary Spaniard, who could not help but wonder what might have been.

Now with both over 30, there was an element of experience coming into play - Nadal has far more that the deeper levels of a slam, but Muller's gritty determination as much as anything kept the ball in play.

After the match, Muller said, "I feel exhausted!"

"I thought on those match points, I didn't do anything wrong", Muller told reporters after the match. 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.

That put the seal on an historic day when Jo Konta made sure Britain has stars in the quarter-finals of both draws for the first time since 1973.

"I want to come back because I want to play more times on the Centre Court".

Novak Djokovic's match against unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, scheduled as the third match on Court One, was postponed until Tuesday as a result.

Rafael Nadal needs no reminder of the dangers posed by left-handers from Luxembourg after all his first taste of defeat on Wimbledon's lawns was against one such player.

"It was a great atmosphere".

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Nadal is now 2-2 in four matches against Muller.

Nadal entered the fourth-round match having won 28 consecutive completed sets in Grand Slam play, equaling his personal best and a total exceeded only twice in the Open era.

That's Muller, who beat Nadal back at Wimbledon 2005 when they were pups and Muller said, "It was easier to play him on grass than on clay, that's for sure".

"When you are in the fifth, against a player like him, (the outcome) just depends on a few balls", Nadal said.

"The last injury I had was probably the best thing that ever happened to me".

Cilic has won all four of his matches in straight sets and will take on Muller following a 6-2 6-2 6-2 success over Roberto Bautista Agut.

Awaiting him in the quarterfinals is 24 seeded American Sam Querrey, who hung on for a 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-3 triumph over Kevin Anderson to reach the final eight for the second straight year.

"Then another one that I wanted to play aggressive with my forehand, and I miss it long".

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer will face either Canada's Milos Raonic, the sixth seed, or German 10th seed Alexander Zverev for a place in the semifinals.

The Big Four have always been warned that the new generation are coming for them but Muller is a 34-year-old enjoying something of an Indian summer this year.