The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - CHRIS LEHOURITES

Rafael Nadal was beaten in the fourth round at Wim­ble­don on Mon­day, los­ing to Gilles Muller, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13, in a match that lasted four hours and 48 min­utes.

The two-time cham­pion at the All Eng­land Club saved two match points in the 10th game of the fifth set, and two more in the 20th game.

Nadal dropped the open­ing set de­spite not mak­ing even one un­forced er­ror.

Be­fore Mon­day, the last set lost by Nadal at a ma­jor was the fifth in the Aus­tralian Open fi­nal in Jan­uary against Roger Fed­erer.

Fed­erer and Andy Mur­ray, much to the de­light of the Cen­tre Court crowd, also reached the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Fed­erer, a seven-time cham­pion at the All Eng­land Club and one of the fan favourites, ad­vanced to the quar­ters for the 15th time by beat­ing Grigor Dim­itrov, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

Mur­ray is also adored at the grass-court ma­jor.

He is a two-time cham­pion, but maybe more im­por­tant, he is Bri­tish and in 2013 be­came the first home­grown player to win the men’s ti­tle in 77 years.

On Mon­day, he beat Benoit Paire, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4.

“I’ve done a good job so far here,” said Mur­ray, the de­fend­ing tour­na­ment cham­pion. “Today was by far the best I hit the ball, the clean­est I hit the ball. I was happy about that.”

The first man to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals was Marin Cilic. The sev­enth-seeded Croat beat Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. Cilic, who won the U.S. Open in 2014, will be play­ing the quar­ter-fi­nals at the All Eng­land Club for the fourth straight year.

Fed­erer will next face Cana­dian Mi­los Raonic. Mur­ray will play Sam Quer­rey on Wed­nes­day. The 24th-seeded Amer­i­can de­feated Kevin An­der­son, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-3.

In women’s play, five-time Wim­ble­don champ Venus Wil­liams won, and top-ranked An­gelique Ker­ber lost.

Wil­liams, who last won the ti­tle at the All Eng­land Club in 2008, ad­vanced to the quar­ter-fi­nals by beat­ing 19-year-old Ana Kon­juh, 6-3, 6-2. She is play­ing at the grass­court ma­jor for the 20th time. Her Wim­ble­don de­but came a few months be­fore Kon­juh was born.

Ker­ber, who reached the Wim­ble­don fi­nal last year but lost to Ser­ena Wil­liams, was beaten by Gar­bine Mugu­ruza on No. 2 Court, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. With the loss by Ker­ber, ei­ther Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova will take over as the topranked player af­ter the tour­ney. Halep also ad­vanced Mon­day, while Pliskova lost in the sec­ond round.

Wil­liams will next face French Open cham­pion Je­lena Ostapenko in the quar­ter-fi­nals. The 20-yearold Lat­vian, who won her first tourlevel ti­tle at Roland Gar­ros last month, beat fourth-seeded Elina Svi­tolina, 6-3, 7-6 (6), on Court 12.

Ostapenko led Svi­tolina 5-3 in the sec­ond set, but was bro­ken and forced into a tiebreaker. She won by con­vert­ing her eighth match point.

Two-time Grand Slam cham­pion Svet­lana Kuznetsova, Mag­dalena Ry­barikova, Coco Van­deweghe and Jo­hanna Konta also ad­vanced to the quar­ter-fi­nals.


A de­jected Rafael Nadal walks off the court af­ter los­ing to Gilles Muller at Wim­ble­don on Mon­day in five sets.

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