A look at the biggest upsets in Tennis in 2014. Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have all been at the receiving end.
Nick Kyrgios (WC) vs. Rafael Nadal (2)- Wimbledon, Fourth Round
Rafael Nadal, World No. 1 at the time, having just won his ninth French Open and on a comeback after a knee surgery, was going pretty well in the tournament. Nadal in the first three rounds had lost the first set but managed to come back in the next three sets.
The tradition of losing the first set continued against Nick Kyrgios, a wild card entry, a 19 year old Australian ranked 144. The Aussie started the match with an ace and went on to win the first set 7-5.
In the second set, Nadal was 4-5 down and Nick was serving to gain a 2-0 lead. Kyrgios survived one set point but ultimately Nadal broke his serve to win the second set 5-7. The third set, Kyrgios broke Nadal to go 3-1 up. Nadal ultimately fought back and led the game to the tie-breaker where the Spaniard lost 7-5.
The horror show continued in the fourth set with Nadal ultimately losing the set 6-3 and hence the match in 4 sets with a score of 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3.
It’s not like Nadal played poorly, but his opponent played with the sort of gay abandon that wins over spectators in a jiffy and the underdog eventually prevailed in front of a packed stand.