Wimbledon saluted Rafael Nadal on Monday night following his enthralling five-set defeat against 16th seed Gilles Muller.
The 15-time major champion fought back valiantly from two sets down before his unfancied opponent took a fifth match point to win the tie 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13.
The match lasted four hours and 47 minutes and the Wimbledon crowd gave a standing ovation to both players following the ’titanic’ battle on Court One.
"It was not my best match against a very uncomfortable opponent," Nadal, winner of the Wimbledon title in 2008 and 2010, was quoted as saying by BBC Sport after the match.
"Well done to him. He played great, especially in the fifth set, but I fought to the last ball."
Muller thrilled after victory over Nadal
Muller, 34, will now play seventh seed Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.
The Luxembourger has reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final since the 2008 US Open and was naturally thrilled after recording such an impressive victory over one of the sport’s all-time great players.
"That was tough," Muller commented. "In the last two match points I just said give it 100%."
And he did just that.
Nadal stuns Twitter with lazy moment
Nadal did, too, although the Spaniard also managed to stun Twitter during the match with one of the laziest moments we’ve ever witnessed.
Now, we know the ballboys are there to be at the players’ beck and call, but this from Nadal was just ridiculous.
Instead of putting some rubbish in the bin situated just to his left, the 31-year-old instead handed the item to one of the ballboys, much to the astonishment of people watching at home.
Check it out here…
Twitter slams Nadal
Twitter slams Nadal for lazy moment
And here’s how Twitter reacted…
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