Australian and Wimbledon wild card Nick Kyrgios, currently ranked 144th in the world, has scored one of the greatest upsets in Grand Slam history after his Tuesday afternoon 7-6(7/5), 5-7, 7-6(7/5), 6-3 win over world number one Rafael Nadal. With the win, the 19-year-old Kyrgios becomes the first wild card at Wimbledon to advance to the quarterfinals in a decade, and will move on to face Canada's Milos Raonic for a spot in the semifinals.
"I think I was in a bit of a zone out there," Kyrgios said after his win over Nadal. "It hasn't sunk in what just happened out there. I played extraordinary tennis. I was struggling a bit on return, but I worked my way into it. I served at a really good level and I'm really happy.”
Nadal, winner of 14 major singles titles over the course of his career, has appeared in five finals at Wimbledon. Kyrgios became the first player ranked outside the top 100 to defeat a world number one since Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier in the third round of Wimbledon in 1992.
"You've got to believe you can win the match from the start and I did,” said Kyrgios . “I'm playing unbelievable tennis on the grass. He hit extraordinary shots, but he’s always going to bring that.”
Kyrgios has met Raonic once over the course of his career, losing to Raonic just over a month ago in the opening round of the French Open.