Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2017 latest news, draws, results and upcoming matches: Nadal falls to Muller after fourth round marathon

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Rafael Nadal. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal crashed out of Wimbledon after a fourth round loss to Gilles Muller on Monday. The loss extends Nadal's recent struggles at the All England Club as the two-time champion has now failed to make the quarter finals since 2011. 

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Rafael Nadal's next match at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal crashed out of Wimbledon after suffering a five-set loss to big-serving Luxembourger, Gilles Muller.

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R4: GILLES MULLER bt. Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13

Rafael Nadal crashed out of Wimbledon 2017 after a five-set loss to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller on Monday. The two-time champion showed characteristic grit to battle back from two sets down to force a decider, where he would save four match points. However, it all proved futile as the Spaniard eventually cracked, sending a forehand long while attempting to save a fifth match point. Muller was good value for his win, as he kept his nerve and composure amidst a stirring fightback from Nadal. The Luxembourger moves on to face Marin Cilic in his first ever Grand Slam quarter final.

R3: RAFAEL NADAL bt. KAREN KHACHANOV 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3)

Nadal continued to revive memories of his two title runs at the All England Club in his third-round victory over powerful young Russian Karen Khachanov, who won his first ATP World Tour title in Chengdu last autumn and is one of the leading lights of the new generation of big hitters.

Nadal made his intentions clear early when it took him just a few minutes to lead 4-0, having lost all of four points, and lost only 11 points on his first serve in the first two sets. 

It took Nadal just 22 minutes to secure a 6-1 first set against Khachanov despite having being broken to love, but the world no. 34 made things slightly more competitive in the second set as Nadal's concentration seemed to lapse. The third set was the finest of the match as Khachanov started to serve much better and consistently attack the net. Nadal had to save three break points at 3-4, and a set point at 5-6, but the outcome was never in doubt as Nadal closed out what had been little more than a workout in two hours and 15 minutes on one final Khachanov forehand error.

'For a set and a half I was playing fantastic, then a little bit worse,' Nadal said. 'But in general terms, it went very well and I'm very happy. At the beginning of the third set, I had my chances. I should have got the break. It didn't happen. Then, I had two tough games on my serve. That's it. I think I played well in the important moments. In the tie-break, I think I played a little bit better than him.

'It is always better when the sun is out there. The conditions become a little bit more drier, and the court is more firm. It's better obviously for me. It's always good to be in the second week. I hope the weather continues like this.'

Nadal moves on to face Gilles Muller, the big-serving Luxembourgian who is the current ace leader at Wimbledon with 72 aces and who beat Nadal in straight sets at Wimbledon back in 2005, in the fourth round on 'Manic Monday'.


Rafael Nadal’s intimidating form continued on Wednesday as the two-time Wimbledon champion cruised into the third round, taking down American Donald Young in straight sets on Centre Court.

Nadal, a 2008 and 2010 champion on the lawns of SW19, withstood a late challenge from Young to set up a third round Wimbledon showdown with rising Russian Karen Khachanov, emerging a 6-4 6-2 7-5 winner.

“I think I played a solid match. Serving well. It's true that in the third I served a little bit worse. But in general terms, I am happy. I played well,” Nadal said.

It’s only the second time Nadal has made the third round at The Championships since 2011 - but the Spaniard, who is coming off a record 10th French Open triumph, is looking in ominous form at Wimbledon, and if he can survive Khachanov in the next round, he is well positioned to once again do some serious damage on the grass.


Rafael Nadal began his quest for a third Wimbledon title with a comprehensive 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory over Australia’s John Millman. 

Rafael Nadal. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Nadal has struggled at the All England Club in recent years, with a fourth round showing in 2014 being his best result in the last five years, but on the evidence of Monday’s performance, the great Spaniard may be primed for another deep run at Wimbledon.

There will be stiffer tests along the way, but Nadal made good on his promise to be more aggressive on grass, winning a very impressive 19 of 25 points at the net against Millman. Nadal hit 30 winners to just 18 unforced errors, converting 8 of 13 break points.

Nadal broke Millman three times in the opening set, and while he dropped his serve once each in the second and third sets, the great Spaniard was never in any real danger against his Australian opponent, and duly closed out a comfortable victory after an hour and 48 minutes.

Victory over Millman gave Nadal his 850th career victory, joining great rival Roger Federer as the only active players to have reached that milestone. Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Guillermo Villas, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi are the other players to have attained the mark.

“It was a very positive match for me, a good start... I am through to the second round. That's a very important thing for me. And I happy because I didn't win a lot of matches the last couple of years here in Wimbledon. Today I win one, and I am looking forward to play the second one,” Nadal said.

That next match is against American left-hander, Donald Young, who advanced after Denis Istomin retired hurt in the fourth set of their opening round meeting.

Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon 2017 draw

Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon 2017 Draw

RoundProjected Opponent
1John Millman
2Donald Young/ Denis Istomin
3Karen Khachanov
4Gilles Muller/ Ivo Karlovic
QFMarin Cilic/ Kei Nishikori
SFAndy Murray/ Stan Wawrinka/ Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon record

At a glance: How Rafael Nadal has performed at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon
Best ResultChampion (2008, 2010)
Win-Loss Record40-9
First Played2003
Main Draw Appearances11

Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon Performance Timeline

YearResultLost to
2003R3Paradorn Srichaphan
2005R2Gilles Muller
2006FinalRoger Federer
2007FinalRoger Federer
2011FinalNovak Djokovic
2012R2Lukas Rosol
2013R1Steve Darcis
2014R4Nick Kyrgios
2015R2Dustin Brown

Pre-Wimbledon: Nadal's season so far

Nadal has reached the final in the first two majors of the year- losing a close one to Roger Federer at the Australian Open, and romping to a tenth French Open title; can he rise above a poor recent record at SW 19 to make a similar impression in the third Grand Slam of the year?

Not content with being just a clay-court expert (and what an expert he has been on that surface!), Nadal took it upon himself to improve across other surfaces early in his career, and those improvements soon began to manifest at Wimbledon.

Nadal first played at Wimbledon in 2003, falling to Paradorn Srichaphan in the third round. By the time he returned in 2005, he had already started building his clay empire, claiming consecutive titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and his first Roland Garros crown. Grass was still a conundrum for the Spaniard though, as he lost to Gilles Muller in the second round at Wimbledon.

However, the transformation really began in 2006, when he took a set off Roger Federer in the final. From there, he just got better and better- for the next few years at least. He pushed Federer to five sets in 2007, in a match where he was arguably the better player, and he finally got over the line in that epic final in 2008, showing characteristic resolve to recover from losing a two-set lead before closing out a memorable final set late into the London night.

Nadal missed the 2009 edition due to a knee injury in a disappointing summer during which he suffered his first ever defeat at Roland Garros, but he returned with a vengeance in 2010, beating Tomas Berdych in the final to claim his second Wimbledon title. He got to yet another final in 2011- his fifth final in five attempts- but he ran into a white-hot Novak Djokovic.

Since then, it has gone pear-shaped for Nadal at Wimbledon. He was beaten by Lukas Rosol in the second round in 2012, crashed to Steve Darcis in the first round in 2013. Nadal reached the fourth round in 2014, before being ambushed by a fearless Nick Kyrgios.

The 31-year-old then lost to Dustin Brown in the second round in 2015, and missed the 2016 event because of a wrist injury that had forced him out of Roland Garros.

The Spaniard struggled with his wrist for most of the second half of last season, and eventually brought his year to premature close in October, following an opening round loss to Viktor Troicki in Shanghai.

It’s all worked out brilliantly for Nadal this year, with the Spaniard finding form and fitness in the opening six months of the season. It took the brilliance of Roger Federer to overshadow a successful hard court season, during which he reached finals at the Australian Open, Acapulco and Miami (losing to Federer in Melbourne and Miami), but there was no stopping the Spaniard on clay, claiming tenth titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and a fifth title in Madrid, before crowning a wonderful campaign on the dirt with ‘La Decima’ at Roland Garros.

Nadal was scheduled to begin his grass court season at Queen’s, but he pulled out of that so as to rest his body after a busy opening half of the season. That means the Spaniard heads into Wimbledon without any match practice- the last time that happened, he was beaten by Darcis in the first round.

Will Nadal’s grass court struggles continue at Wimbledon, or can the great Spaniard carry on his outstanding season with another deep run at The Championships 2017?

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