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Nadal stunned by Rosol at Wimbledon
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That saying holds true here, because Lucas Rosol is probably never going to play at the level he played against the Spaniard today. Some of his shots were exquisite today as he out shot Nadal in what were unbelievable scenes here at the All England Club.
Its a known fact that World No.2 Rafael Nadal, isn't quite the same player on grass as he is on clay. Or may be he was just having an off day. Or may be it was the hangover from last nights win over Portugal, that the Spaniard was suffering from. Whatever it was, the Spaniard didn't look the player that he truly is, especially to begin with.
This is not to take away from the fact that Rosol was remarkable today as he pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in Wimbledon history. Rosol fired a stunning 22 aces and 65 winners in an exhilarating contest that lasted over 3 hours.
The first set was a bit like a seesaw, Nadal got the early break of serve in only the fifth game. But the Czech was resilient and broke the Spaniard back immediately. We then remained on serve till the tie-break, waiting for Rosol to budge or Nadal to move it up a notch. Rosol showed great heart and courage against the 11 time Grand Slam winner there. His serving in particular was fantastic in the set. It was difficult to pick a winner as we went into the tie break, Nadal got the early mini-break but once again, squandered it. Quite an alarming set, as far as Nadal is concerned in the end. He made 7 unforced errors in the set. He goes matches without making that many at times. Nadal's serve was the only thing that rocked in that set, he arrowed 7 aces to close out the set in 62 minutes.
The second started off once again in surprising fashion, Rosol broke in the very first game when it seemed as if Nadal would start turning the screw. Next Rosol held on to his serve to get a 2-0 lead. It all seemed so surreal, with Nadal's unforced error count rising even higher. Difficult to point out on a reason, why Nadal was so slack today. The set went on serve then, with the Czech's serve looking impenetrable. In the tenth game then, Rosol served two aces to kill off Nadal in set 2. Nadal this time made 6 unforced errors more, and Rosol hit 10 winners.
The third set saw some more sensational Tennis from Rosol, Nadal was slack once more on his serve as the Czech kept rising. In set 3, Nadal was broken early again, in the third game while he never saw a break point on the Rosol serve. As the match progressed, the Czech looked more and more like a top player. Rosol hit 4 aces and 11 winners in the third.
Nadal finally arrived in the fourth set. The Spaniard looked focussed as ever and kept pressing the Czech who finally budged. Nadal broke him in the 5th game, incidentally only the second time the Spaniard had done so in the entire match. From then on, it was all Nadal who held on to take a 5-2 lead. He then broke the Czech again to take the set 6-2. He smashed 7 winners and arrowed 2 aces in the set.
After a small break as the players came out, and the Nadal was once again started slow, while Rasol on the other hand was on it from the word go. Nadal was broken in the very first game, and Rasol kicked on from there. Some of the hitting from the Czech was just stunning in that last set. Once he broke Nadal, Rosol held on to his serve and quite comfortably to close out the match.
Rosol picked up the biggest win of his career, finally winning 6-7,6-4,6-4,2-6,6-4 to upset the 2 time champion.
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