Rafael Nadal endured crisp Wimbledon hopelessness on Monday as the two-time champion collided with a shocking 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 fourth round thrashing against Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.Weeks in the wake of winning his tenth French Open title, Nadal was sentenced to his fifth exit before the quarter-finals in his last five visits to Wimbledon.
“It was not my best match against an exceptionally awkward adversary,” said Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion.”Well done to him. He played extraordinary, particularly in the fifth set yet I battled to the last ball.”
The 31-year-old Spaniard, at last exhausted by Muller following four hours and 48 minutes on Court One, hasn’t made the quarter-finals since 2011.
“Tired,” was 34-year-old Muller’s reaction after the exciting experience, which had the thump on impact of pushing Novak Djokovic’s last 16 coordinate against Adrian Mannarino back to Tuesday.