WIMBLEDON’S MANIC MONDAY! NADAL FALLS IN A MARATHON MATCH!

Rafa Nadal dropped set two on Court 1. Luxembourg’s Muller is magic on grass, but in set three, Rafa ripped some early backhand winners. He hop-skipped and fist-pumped and had Muller on his heels. Federer had taken his Centre Court stage, but you just knew Rafa was starting something special. Muller seemed to know it, too.

At 6:17 p.m., Rafa drew even at two sets.

In the fifth set, Nadal faced two match points serving at 4-5. Four big serves later, it was 5-5, then 6-6.

No tiebreakers here. Nadal seemed forever behind and faced two more match points at 9-10. He saved them again, 10-10. Agita rippled across Mallorca. He stayed alive, but couldn’t convert his few chances to break Muller’s serve.

At 13-14, he rimmed a forehand and faced two more match points. Muller only needed one. After four hours, 48 minutes, the saga ended.

“I was there to fight to the last ball,” a despondent Nadal said:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/another-manic-day-at-wimbledon-1499721860?tesla=y

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