Video screen grab of Gilles Müller’s winning moment
Five-set win at Wimbledon for Luxembourg's Gilles Muller
Calling it the greatest victory of his career, Gilles Müller knocked out Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in a five-set tennis match on 10 July.
The match lasted nearly five hours--the last set alone running over two hours--as the 34-year-old Luxembourg player squared up against the Spanish “King of Clay” to 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 and 15-13 sets.
"I haven’t really realised what has just happened, it is a great feeling,” Müller said to the BBC about his win, adding: “I was worrying it would be over soon because of the light and was thinking what to do when I come back the next day and finish this match. I'm just glad it's over."
Fans from around the world were quick to congratulate Müller through a Facebook fanpage, calling the win “fantastic”, “simply brilliant” and, according to some Luxembourgers, “mega super”. One fan even said, “Müller is McEnroe”.
As for John McEnroe, the three-time Wimbleton singles champion, he told the BBC, “Müller’s serve is awesome, but of all things I was amazed he has the sweetest of hands.”
Even Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, had something to say about the match:
Feel sorry for Nadal - but what a match and what a performance from Giles Muller. That was #wimbledon at its best!