144th-Ranked Aussie Stuns Rafael Nadal
Nick Kyrgios, who? Dumps No. 1 in first Wimbledon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2014 1:33 PM CDT
Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a return to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014.    (Ben Curtis)

(Newser) – Two-time champion Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 today. The 144th-ranked Kyrgios, a wild-card entry, hit 37 aces and delivered a between-the-legs winner on one point. He is the first man to get to the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years. He's also the first player ranked outside the top 100 to beat the No. 1 man since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier at Wimbledon in 1992. Nadal has appeared in five finals at the All England Club. But he lost in the second round in 2012 and the first round in 2013.

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Jul 2, 2014 12:14 AM CDT
Glad Nadal is gone. He wouldn't have succeeded this much on grass if the surface was like it used to be. The grass is too short now and plays more like a hard court. I like the old days when a player had to learn four completely different surfaces in order to win Grand Slams. Now they are way too similar that's why the top players are dominate on every surface, stay back and just pound the ball. F'n sad and boring.
Jul 1, 2014 8:51 PM CDT
I hadn't heard about this, but I'm off to check a few Aus sites just to get a nostalgic dose of Aussie sporting hyperbole: TV head: So, Pat/Newc/Macca d'ya think this kid's got it in him to take out the entire tournament & then broker a lasting peace in the Middle East? Pat/Newc/Macca: Oh, absolutely.
Jul 1, 2014 1:50 PM CDT
A star is born.....