LUXEMBOURG's Gilles Muller has sent shockwaves through Wimbledon with seismic victory over Rafael Nadal.

The 34-year-old journeyman stunned Nadal 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13 as darkness closed in at the All England Club.

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In the twilight of an unconventional career, world No 26 Muller rocked 15-time grand slam champion Nadal with 30 aces and incredible 95 winners.

Seemingly jinxed from the moment he hit his head on the ceiling in the corridors under court 1 as he jumped to loosen up, Nadal warmly congratulated Muller post-match.

"He played well and I didn't play well the first two sets," Nadal said.


Gilles Muller of Luxembourg (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the gentlemen's singles fourth round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament at All England Tennis Club in London on July 10, 2017. Muller won by 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13, and advances to quarterfinal. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )
Gilles Muller shakes hands with Rafael Nadal after winning 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 Noriaki Sasaki

"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."

Watched by Prince Felix of Luxembourg, Muller struggled to comprehend what he had achieved after a 4hr,48min battle with indefatigable Nadal.

"I'm really struggling to believe this," Muller said.

"Rafa is such a great fighter and after he saved four match points, I was starting to wonder if I'd win.

"But I kept playing my way and in the end it worked out.

"I was thinking it maybe was going to get too dark and we'd have to stop."

Muller, winner of the Sydney and Rosmalen tournaments this season, is in the best form of his life.

The junior world champion in 2001, Muller has been plagued with injury and confidence crises for much of his career.

But he has chanced on a rich vein of form over the past seven months and Wimbledon recognised his quality by elevating him to 16th seeding.

Nadal had won 28 consecutive sets before Muller ended the run in spectacular fashion, snatching the first two sets.

The Spaniard's inevitable comeback squared the match but Muller had the advantage of serving first in the decider.

Stretching 135 minutes and featuring 176 points alone, the fifth set will be remember as a Wimbledon classic.

Nadal saved two match points in the 10th game, another in the 20th and hovered eight times only two points from defeat.

Muller saved 14 break points in the match, including five in the fifth.

But, with Nadal trailing 13-14 and (15-40), Muller got his reward when Nadal punched a forehand long.

It was only his 17 unforced error for the match.

The length of the contest meant Novak Djokovic and Adrian Mannarino were rescheduled until tonight.

The pair will have first use of centre court from noon local time before the women's quarter-finals take over.

Heavy rain is forecast for virtually most of the day, meaning the centre court roof will be used.

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