WOMENS: 5 Maria Sharapova vs 7 Angelique Kerber
The chaos kept on going on Tuesday as Angelique Kerber upset Maria Sharapova 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4 in what was one of the best women’s tennis matches I’ve witnessed. Kerber’s plan was to play without fear because she had nothing to lose as she said before the match. “I think it will be a nice match,” Kerber said. “I have nothing to lose. I will go out there, try to enjoy the match and try to just focus on myself and how I’m playing. I need to play at a high level to beat her.” Kerber won the first set after a tiebreaker after coming back from down 3-1 to tie it at 4-4 and 3 straight errors by Sharapova cost the 5 time grand slam winner the set. Sharapova tied it at 1 set apiece after wining the 2nd set 6-4, setting up for an exciting showdown in set #3. Kerber controlled the beginning, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead. Sharapova finally got on the board with a hold but Kerber answered right back, making it 4-1 in the final set! Sharapova then held again but Kerber won the following set edging closer to victory at 5-2. Let’s skip ahead a few sets, Sharapova on the edge of being eliminated, match point for Kerber but a backhand down the line sent it to deuce. The next game Sharapova found herself down 40-0 but the resilient Russian rallied fighting off 7 straight match points before finally losing, completing the upset. Kerber will face Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals.
MENS: 1 Rafael Nadal vs 144 Nick Kyrgios
#1 Rafael Nadal, an immense favorite over #144 Nick Kyrgios lost to the Australian TEENAGER 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in one of the most shocking upsets of all-time. This was a great match, it was back-and forth especially in the first set. Kyrgios jumped out to a 4-0 lead but a comeback from Rafa sent it to a tiebreak which Kyrgios won 7-5 to win the first set, Nadal responded, leading 4-3 in the second set and taking it 7-5 to even it at a set apiece. The third set, much like the first was back and forth, requiring a tiebreaker. Kyrgios put it all out there and won it 7-5 putting the #1 player in the worlds proverbial back against the proverbial wall. Then came the moment, leading 2-1 in the 4th set Kyrgios broke Nadal,sending him reeling! And the worlds youngest tennis star shocked the world, winning the set 6-3 as Madal just couldn’t answer from Kyrgios’s serves. Kyrgios becomes the first player outside of the top 100 to beat #1 since 1992