Nick Kyrgios- you might want to remember that name. The Australian teenager knocked number 1 seed Rafa Nadal out of Wimbledon on Tuesday after a gruelling 3 hour tussle.
Kyrgios held his nerve against one of the greatest tennis players ever, showing what self belief can do, even in the face of what seems impossible.
Ranked number 144 in the tennis world, the 19-year-old admitted that even his own mother had doubted his ability to beat Nadal.
“I was reading a comment that she thought Rafa was too good for me. It actually made me a bit angry. You would think he’s on a whole other level compared to me. I just believed in myself that I could create some opportunities. I took them under pressure today.”
Nadal, ever the gracious loser, waited for his opponent to gather his things from the court before exiting together after the match.
At the post match press conference, the world number 1 said he thought he ‘played well’ during the match but admitted that the young player played better than him for the better part.
And he certainly did, hitting 37 aces against Nadal during the match.
Nadal’s exit wasn’t the only shock exit at Wimbledon, Women’s title favourite Maria Sharapova also crashed out today after losing to Germany’s Angelique Kibler.
It was not good going for the Williams sisters either as the pair were forced to retire from their doubles game after Serena succumbed to a bug.
She was reportedly clearly distressed during the game and was seen in tears as they exited the court.