Rafael Nadal loses in Wimbledon shocker to Australian teenager

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios beats top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain to reach the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut. (AFP Photo/Carl Court)

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal was upset in the fourth round by Nick Kyrgios, a 19-year-old Australian ranked No. 144 in the world, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

This is the third consecutive early exit at Wimbledon for the Spaniard, who lost in the first round last year and in the second round in 2012.

The 6-foot-4 Kyrgios, making his Wimbledon debut this year, looked fearless against the 14-time Grand Slam winner, hitting 70 winners to Nadal’s 44.

Nadal, 28, has not advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon since losing to Novak Djokovic in the championship match in 2011.

Kyrgios, winner of the Australian Open junior boys’ title last year, is the lowest ranked player to beat Nadal since world No. 690 Joachim Johansson in 2006.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.



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