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Wimbledon: 2 years later, Nadal gets past Rosol

Published June 26, 2014 6:35 pm

Wimbledon • Spanish star overcomes slow start to avenge his '12 upset.
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London • Uncle Toni's reaction said it all.

This one meant a lot to him and to the tennis player he coaches, his No. 1-ranked nephew Rafael Nadal, who was in a tough spot Thursday, one point from trailing two sets to none against the same guy he lost to — in the same stadium, same round — two years ago at Wimbledon.

As the younger Nadal began turning things around, evening the match at a set apiece on his opponent's double-fault, the older Nadal dispensed with any sense of decorum, leaping out his Centre Court seat, punching the air, and shouting "Vamos!"

From there, the ultimate result quickly became apparent. Nadal came back to beat 52nd-ranked Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4, returning to the third round at the All England Club for the first time since 2011.

"I didn't want to lose another time against a guy like this," Toni Nadal said. "I don't like to lose against a player I find [unprofessional]."

In 2012's second round, Rosol was ranked 100th, and Nadal was on a streak of having reached the final in five consecutive Wimbledon appearances. The big-swinging, 6-foot-5 Rosol played an unrepentantly risky style that day, aiming for lines and putting shots where he wanted, pulling off a five-set victory.

Rosol engaged in some gamesmanship then, including moving around while waiting to receive serves and, Toni said Thursday, making noise as Rafael was hitting shots. After the rematch, Rosol complained Nadal took too much time between points and lamented that the chair umpire didn't intervene.

Said Toni about Rosol: "It's normal that we want to win, but it's true that for me, it's worse to lose with him than with another guy."

Three seeded men lost, including No. 13 Richard Gasquet, who wasted nine match points and was beaten by 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8. Winners included No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, No. 8 Milos Raonic, No. 9 John Isner and No. 10 Kei Nishikori among the men, and past champions Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova among the women.

Nadal's longtime rival, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, turned in a far more straightforward performance, delivering 25 aces in a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over 103rd-ranked Gilles Muller of Luxembourg to get back to the third round, too. —

Thursday's results



Milos Raonic (8), Canada, def. Jack Sock, United States, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Kei Nishikori (10), Japan, def. Denis Kudla, United States, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Lukasz Kubot, Poland, def. Dusan Lajovic, Serbia, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (3). Simone Bolelli, Italy, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (22), Germany, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Frank Dancevic, Canada, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. Jiri Vesely, Czech Republic, def. Gael Monfils (24), France, 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-7 (3), 6-4. Nick Kyrgios, Australia, def. Richard Gasquet (13), France, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8. Rafael Nadal (2), Spain, def. Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4. Tommy Robredo (23), Spain, def. Adrian Mannarino, France, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (5). Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (14), France, def. Sam Querrey, United States, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 14-12. Stan Wawrinka (5), Switzerland, def. Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, def. Julian Reister, Germany, 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-4. John Isner (9), United States, def. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, 7-6 (17), 7-6 (3), 7-5. Roger Federer (4), Switzerland, def. Gilles Muller, Luxembourg, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. Marcel Granollers (30), Spain, leads Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-1, 1-6, 2-1, susp., rain. Jerzy Janowicz (15), Poland, leads Lleyton Hewitt, Australia, 7-5, 4-4, susp., rain.


Alize Cornet (25), France, def. Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Serena Williams (1), United States, def. Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa, 6-1, 6-1. Ana Ivanovic (11), Serbia, def. Zheng Jie, China, 6-4, 6-0. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, def. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2. Kirsten Flipkens (24), Belgium, def. Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Spain, 6-2, 6-1. Sabine Lisicki (19), Germany, def. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-5. Zarina Diyas, Kazakhstan, def. Carla Suarez Navarro (15), Spain, 7-6 (12), 5-7, 6-2. Andrea Petkovic (20), Germany, def. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Eugenie Bouchard (13), Canada, def. Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Spain, 7-5, 6-1. Alison Riske, United States, def. Camila Giorgi, Italy, 7-5, 6-2. Angelique Kerber (9), Germany, def. Heather Watson, Britain, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. Maria Sharapova (5), Russia, def. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland, 6-2, 6-1. Vera Zvonareva, Russia, def. Donna Vekic, Croatia, 6-4, 6-4. Madison Keys, United States, def. Klara Koukalova (31), Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-2. —


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