The eighth day at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships featured quite a few major upsets as both men's No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and women's No. 5 seed Maria Sharapova were bounced out in the fourth round. Big names like Roger Federer and Simona Halep were able to advance.
Federer, the No. 4 seed, advanced to the quarterfinals after downing No. 23 seed Tommy Robredo in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. He moved on to a quarterfinal matchup against Stan Wawrinka, the No. 5 seed, and is now the favorite to make it into the semifinals and possibly the finals on that side of the bracket. No. 1 Novak Djokovic is still in on the other side.
Nadal is not, however. Nadal fell to Australian Nick Kyrgios, an unseeded 19-year-old who only turned pro last season. Kyrgios took the match in four sets, 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3. He's now felled two seeded opponents, having bested Richard Gasquet, the No. 13 seed, in the second round. He advances to the quarterfinals to take on No. 8 Milos Raonic, who defeated No. 10 seed Kei Nishikori on Tuesday.
Sharapova ended up falling to No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber. It was a hard fought match, going the full three sets, but Kerber prevailed, 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4. Sharapova was one of the favorites for the tournament as the second-highest seed remaining, behind Halep, the No. 3 seed. Halep defeated Zarina Diyas in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, on Tuesday as well.
Wawrinka, who will take on Federer in the quarterfinals, advanced after downing No. 19 Feliciano Lopez in straight sets, 7-6(5), 7-6(7), 6-3. One half of the women's semifinals is now set, as Petra Kvitova, the No. 6 seed, was victorious over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Tuesday as well. Kvitova will take on Safarova in the semis.
Here's the pertinent results from Tuesday's singles matches, with full results at the official website here:
Nick Kyrgios def. No. 2 Rafael Nadal 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3
No. 3 Roger Federer def. No. 23 Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 Stan Wawrinka def. No. 19 Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 7-6(7), 6-3
No. 8 Milos Raonic def. No. 10 Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-3
No. 3 Simona Halep def. Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-0
No. 9 Angelique Kerber def. No. 5 Maria Sharapova 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4
No. 6 Petra Kvitova def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 7-5
No. 19 Sabine Lisicki def. Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
No. 23 Lucie Safarova def. Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1