Luxembourg’s Gilles Mueller has completed arguably the greatest win of his career, with an epic five-set, four hour and 48 minute win over world No.2 Rafael Nadal.
Muller, ranked 26 in the world, defeated Nadal 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13 to book his place in the quarter-final, where he will take on Croatia’s Marin Cilic.
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The 34-year-old journeyman amassed an astonishing 30 aces and 95 winners to oust the Spaniard, who was typically congratulatory of his opponent in defeat.
“He played well and I didn’t play well the first two sets,” Nadal said post-match.
“That meant I was playing against the score for the rest of the match.
“Well done for him and especially in the fifth. He played great game, I was there and I fighted (sic) to the last ball.
“It was not my best match but, at the same time, I played my best against a very uncomfortable opponent.”
Cilic, who awaits Muller in the next round, defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the quarters.