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Nadal, Sharapova lose; Serena leaves with illness

  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia holds his head after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia holds his head after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Feliciano Lopez of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Feliciano Lopez of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Wimbledon ground staff change the singles net to the doubles net on Court No 1, as spectators wait for the women's doubles match between Serena and Venus Williams of the U.S and Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Wimbledon ground staff change the singles net to the doubles net on Court No 1, as spectators wait for the women's doubles match between Serena and Venus Williams of the U.S and Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia throw a tennis ball into the crowd as he celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia throw a tennis ball into the crowd as he celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates winning a point against Maria Sharapova of Russia during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates winning a point against Maria Sharapova of Russia during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Serena Williams prepares to play a return with partner Venus Williams of the U.S in their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrios of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. The Williams sisters retired after 3 games. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Serena Williams prepares to play a return with partner Venus Williams of the U.S in their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrios of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. The Williams sisters retired after 3 games. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Umpire Kader Nouni talks to Serena Williams, right, and Venus Williams of the U.S during their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrios of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. The Williams sisters retired after 3 games. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Umpire Kader Nouni talks to Serena Williams, right, and Venus Williams of the U.S during their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrios of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. The Williams sisters retired after 3 games. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Court officials talk to Serena Williams of the U.S as she and Venus Williams retire after 3 games from their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Court officials talk to Serena Williams of the U.S as she and Venus Williams retire after 3 games from their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Maria Sharapova of Russia looks dejected after losing a point to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Maria Sharapova of Russia looks dejected after losing a point to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain attends a press conference after being defeated by Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/AELTC, Scott Heavey)

    Rafael Nadal of Spain attends a press conference after being defeated by Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/AELTC, Scott Heavey)

  • Simona Halep of Romania plays a return to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Simona Halep of Romania plays a return to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia points to his family and friends as he celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia points to his family and friends as he celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Angelique Kerber of Germany plays a return to Maria Sharapova of Russia during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Angelique Kerber of Germany plays a return to Maria Sharapova of Russia during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Serena Williams of U.S, right, and her sister Venus Williams walk onto the court to warm up for their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Serena Williams of U.S, right, and her sister Venus Williams walk onto the court to warm up for their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Maria Sharapova of Russia looks dejected after losing a point to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Maria Sharapova of Russia looks dejected after losing a point to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Serena Williams of U.S, right, and her sister Venus Williams walk onto the court to warm up for their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Serena Williams of U.S, right, and her sister Venus Williams walk onto the court to warm up for their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia holds his head after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Feliciano Lopez of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Wimbledon ground staff change the singles net to the doubles net on Court No 1, as spectators wait for the women's doubles match between Serena and Venus Williams of the U.S and Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia throw a tennis ball into the crowd as he celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates winning a point against Maria Sharapova of Russia during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Serena Williams prepares to play a return with partner Venus Williams of the U.S in their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrios of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. The Williams sisters retired after 3 games. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
  • Umpire Kader Nouni talks to Serena Williams, right, and Venus Williams of the U.S during their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrios of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. The Williams sisters retired after 3 games. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Court officials talk to Serena Williams of the U.S as she and Venus Williams retire after 3 games from their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
  • Maria Sharapova of Russia looks dejected after losing a point to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Rafael Nadal of Spain attends a press conference after being defeated by Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/AELTC, Scott Heavey)
  • Simona Halep of Romania plays a return to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia points to his family and friends as he celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Angelique Kerber of Germany plays a return to Maria Sharapova of Russia during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men's singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Serena Williams of U.S, right, and her sister Venus Williams walk onto the court to warm up for their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
  • Maria Sharapova of Russia looks dejected after losing a point to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Serena Williams of U.S, right, and her sister Venus Williams walk onto the court to warm up for their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrois of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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.

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, yesterday 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 No. 1-ranked 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.”

That’s for sure.

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.

Nadal dropped the first set in each of his previous three matches before coming back to win. When he took the second set yesterday, though, Kyrgios stayed steady.

“Kyrgios is young; he has nothing to lose,” said Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni “It’s like when Boris Becker won here. He was 17 and had a very good serve. He could beat everyone because of his serve. It’s the same with Kyrgios. He plays aggressively and without any doubts.”

For Nadal, who won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, it was yet another early exit at the grass-court tournament against a much-lower-ranked opponent. In 2012, he lost in the second round against No. 100 Lukas Rosol. Last year, he was beaten in the first round by No. 135 Steve Darcis. Neither of those players is considered an up-and-coming contender like Kyrgios is, but the common thread among the trio was going for broke.

“The thing is, (on) this surface, when you have an opponent that decides to serve and to hit every ball very strong, you are in trouble,” Nadal said.

Kyrgios, who saved nine match points while beating 13th-seeded Richard Gasquet in the second round, showed zero hint of nerves. Indeed, he soaked up all the attention and adoration offered by the Centre Court crowd, particularly after an audacious trick shot: Facing the net at the baseline, he whipped his racket around his back and casually flicked a shot that sailed between his legs and over the net for a winner.

He joked about reading that his mother said she didn’t think he could beat Nadal.

“It actually made me a bit angry,” Kyrgios said, then noted: “I’ll just text her a smiley face.”

Today, 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 today: 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.

Kerber edged Sharapova, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4, yesterday. 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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LONDON – A look at Wimbledon yesterday: Weather: Sunny. High of 72 degrees. Men’s Fourth-Round Matches: Nick Kyrgios beat No. 2 Rafael Nadal, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3; No. 4 Roger Federer beat No. 23 Tommy Robredo, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4; No. 5 Stan Wawrinka beat No. 19 Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-3; No. 8 Milos Raonic beat …

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