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Rafael Nadal loses thrilling Wimbledon five set epic to Gilles Müller

• Gilles Müller beats Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13
• Müller needed five match points in four hour, 47 minute win

Rafael Nadal fought like a lion but for once, the lion was tamed. The Spaniard, many people’s tip for the trophy after his 10th French Open victory last month, saw his hopes of a third Wimbledon title ended in a dramatic, exhilarating 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 defeat by Gilles Müller, the No16 seed from Luxembourg. Serving and volleying beautifully throughout, the 34-year-old left-hander kept his nerve when a charging Nadal threatened to turn it around and reached the quarter-finals for the first time in his career.

Twelve years after he stunned Nadal when the Spaniard arrived at Wimbledon after his first Roland Garros triumph, this was an even better performance and an even bigger shock, such was the manner in which fourth seed Nadal had reached the last 16 without dropping a set. Nadal had five break points in the decider but Müller, whose expression barely changed throughout despite the most intense pressure, held firm, finally clinching a famous victory after four hours, 47 minutes when the 31-year-old Nadal sent a forehand just over the baseline.

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