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Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Tommy Robredo of Spain during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Maria Sharapova falls to Kerber in 3 sets at Wimbledon
Wimbledon » Serena quits doubles match after repeatedly failing to get the ball over the net.
First Published Jul 01 2014 12:15 pm • Last Updated Jul 02 2014 05:19 pm

London • Rafael Nadal ran out of comebacks at Wimbledon, losing to a brash, big-serving, between-the-legs-hitting 19-year-old kid who might just be a future star.

Maria Sharapova, somehow, seemed on the verge of a turnaround despite a flurry of unforced errors, saving six match points before finally succumbing on the seventh with — what else? — a missed shot.

At a glance

Tuesday’s results

Men’s singles

Fourth Round

Roger Federer (4), Switzerland, def. Tommy Robredo (23), Spain, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Stan Wawrinka (5), Switzerland, def. Feliciano Lopez (19), Spain, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-3. Milos Raonic (8), Canada, def. Kei Nishikori (10), Japan, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Nick Kyrgios, Australia, def. Rafael Nadal (2), Spain, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Women’s singles

Fourth Round

Simona Halep (3), Romania, def. Zarina Diyas, Kazakhstan, 6-3, 6-0. Sabine Lisicki (19), Germany, def. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Angelique Kerber (9), Germany, def. Maria Sharapova (5), Russia, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4.

Quarterfinals

Lucie Safarova (23), Czech Republic, def. Ekaterina Makarova (22), Russia, 6-3, 6-1. Petra Kvitova (6), Czech Republic, def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic, 6-1, 7-5.

Wednesday’s TV

» Men’s and women’s quarterfinals, 5 a.m., ESPN and ESPN2

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And in the most striking sight of a memorable day of departures by past Wimbledon champions, Serena Williams couldn’t get the ball over the net in a doubles match with her sister Venus, stopping after three games because of what was called a viral illness.

All in all, Tuesday was chock-full of significant events, and the most noteworthy winner had to be 144th-ranked Nick Kyrgios of Australia, who used 37 aces and a have-no-fear approach to beat Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 for a quarterfinal berth.

"I was in a bit of a zone out there," said Kyrgios, the lowest-ranked player to beat the No. 1 man at any Grand Slam tournament in 22 years.

"You’ve got to believe you can win the match from the very start, and I definitely thought that," the 6-foot-4 Kyrgios said. "I’m playing some unbelievable tennis on the grass."

Playing in only his fifth major tournament — he got into the field thanks to a wild-card invitation — Kyrgios is the first man to reach the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years. He’s also the first teenager to defeat the top-ranked man at a Slam since Nadal was 19 when he beat Roger Federer at the 2005 French Open.

"We keep saying, ‘Who’s the next guy?’ And I think we may have found him," seven-time major champion John McEnroe said on the BBC broadcast.

On Wednesday, he faces No. 8 Milos Raonic of Canada, another man never before this far at Wimbledon. The other men’s quarterfinals: seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer against good friend and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss matchup; defending champion Andy Murray against No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov; and 2011 champion Novak Djokovic against No. 26 Marin Cilic.

The women’s quarterfinals Wednesday: No. 3 Simona Halep against 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki, and No. 9 Angelique Kerber against No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard. The semifinal on the other side of the draw was established Tuesday: 2011 champion Petra Kvitova against No. 23 Lucie Safarova.


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Kerber edged Sharapova 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 Tuesday. Sharapova made 49 unforced errors, 38 more than Kerber. Still, the 2004 champion saved one match point at 5-2 in the final set, then five more at 5-4, before pushing a backhand long to end it.

"I felt like I worked too hard within the match to let it go the easy way. So I did everything I could in the end to try to save those," Sharapova said. "I did, but I didn’t save the last one."



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