LONDON – Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios pulled off a massive upset today as he beat world number one Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.
The 19-year-old wildcard won the fourth round content by three sets to one, winning 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 6-3 to progress to the quarter finals and a match with Canada’s Milos Raonic.
The 144th-ranked Kyrgios hit 37 aces and even hit a between-the-legs winners as he became the first played outside the top 100 to beat the world number one since 1992.
Betting shop William Hill has now slashed the odds of Nick Kyrigios – who won the junior title at the Australian Open last year – winning the tournament from 500/1 to 14/1.
Speaking after the game, Canberra-born Kyrgios said he had believed from the outset that he was going to win but that the landmark victory had not yet sunk in.
He said: ‘I think I was in a bit of a zone out there, I didn’t really notice the crowd that much. I played extraordinary tennis.
The player – who will now face a last-eight clash with Canada’s Milos Raonic – admitted he was so stunned that he did not have a match-point celebration planned.