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Lukáš Rosol - Rafael Nadal Live

Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainR Nadal4766-
Czech RepublicL Rosol6644-

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  1. - - GAME, SET AND MATCH! - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 6-4 ROSOL - He's done it! Nadal exacts revenge upon the Czech who dumped him out of this tournament at the same stage back in 2012. It was a bit nervy at the start and the tight second set tie-break could have gone Rosol's way. If it had, we would have had a very different proposition on our hands. In the end, the Spaniard wore down his opponent but still had a bit of a hiccup in the concluding game, saving a break point and going through the motions at deuce before an ace and a wayward shot from Rosol finally sealed it.

  2. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 5-4 ROSOL - Wow, that was a bit quick. Rosol finds his serving rhythm a bit late in the day, but it at least means Rafa will have to serve for the match. If only he had served a few love games like he did at the start of the match, it could have made this very interesting indeed.

  3. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 5-3 ROSOL - Nadal saunters through another game, fizzing down some fine first serves and despatching short returns with real efficiency. Rosol wins a challenge to delay the inevitable, but it only serves to anger Spain's Raging Bull as he crashes another forehand winner into the corner to edge ever closer to victory. The Czech will now serve to stay in it.

  4. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 4-3 ROSOL - Can't help but feel Rosol has resigned himself to defeat here, but he's doing just enough in his service games to stay within striking distance if does Nadal have a major wobble. It's not a comfortable hold to 30 but it keeps this match alive for a little longer.

  5. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 4-2 ROSOL - Rafa is closing in on revenge and a place in round three where he would meet Mikhail Kukushkin.The Spaniard is looking to wrap this up with the minimum of fuss and takes another one to love.

  6. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 3-2 ROSOL - The man ranked 65 in the world is hanging in - just. The serve is dragging him through it and it's pretty routine on this occasion. But he needs to do some damage to the Nadal serve and he hasn't looked the least bit likely so far in this set. Can he still make this interesting?

  7. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 3-1 ROSOL - Rafa is now playing some of his best tennis on grass for a long, long time. A magnificent winner down the line from way out in no man's land is the pick of the points as he cruises to yet another love game.

  8. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 2-1 ROSOL - Rosol ends a 10-point losing streak at the start of this set with a thunderous ace that sparks cheers from a crowd who want to see more fight. It seems to inspire him as he belts down a couple of superb first serves before clinching it to 30 with a second serve ace.

  9. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 2-0 ROSOL - The King of Clay is looking imperious on grass now as he consolidates in real style with another love game. Hard to see any way back into this for the Czech. He was awesome in the first set and half of this contest but is suffering out there now.

  10. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 1-0 ROSOL - BREAK! There's a real spring in Nadal's step. The first point of the fourth sets the tone for this game as he whips a wonderful winner down the line. The forehand proves too good for Rosol yet again and the Czech eventually succumbs to love when he fires long of the baseline.

  11. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 ROSOL - SET! The world number one takes control with a very routine service game to love. An emphatic ace down the middle T clinches it. Can Rosol hit back or is revenge now a formality?

  12. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 5-4 ROSOL - Superb play by Rosol who motors to a 40-0 lead with a sublime drop volley at the net that is just too good for Rafa to reach. The Spaniard briefly hits back but can only steer a probing Rosol shot to the baseline into the net. Nadal will now serve for the third set and a 2-1 lead.

  13. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 5-3 ROSOL - Two outstanding Rosol returns are sandwiched by a special inside out crosscourt winner from Nadal as the game gets off to a blistering start. Nadal hits back with that crunching forehand to set up an easy volley put-away and he clinches the hold with a stonking wide ace.

  14. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 4-3 ROSOL - The Rosol serve isn't as penetrating as it was in previous sets but it does the job here. At pulp (30-30) he's facing more heat but responds with a couple of venomous piledrivers to hold.

  15. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 4-2 ROSOL - A mini wobble for Nadal as he hooks long to allow Rosol hope at deuce. A fizzing wide ace and a vicious first serve down the middle T sets up the hold as he despatches a tame return with ease.

  16. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 3-2 ROSOL - At 30-30 Rafa is looking imperious but Rosol keeps fighting and wins a crucial point with an angled volley at the net. A rasping ace ensures he stays just the one break behind.

  17. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 3-1 ROSOL - The number two seed emphatically consolidates the break to love. Nadal has managed to get Rosol out of his head and his playing some impressive stuff that the Czech can't live with at present.

  18. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 2-1 ROSOL - BREAK! The momentum has clearly shifted here. Rosol isn't playing with the same belief and his occasional misfires are giving Nadal chances to do some damage. The Spaniard racks up two break points but the Czech manages to fight them off. The point of the match looks to be Rosol's with a delicate drop volley at the net, but Nadal comes from nowhere to clip it back across court. Many would fold at this stage, but the world number 65 saves another break point before Rafa finally edges in front when Rosol can only return a thumping forehand into the net.

  19. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 1-1 ROSOL - Rafa rampages into a 40-0 lead but tries a bizarre angled shot from a high bounce and fluffs it. A double makes life a little bit more difficult for Spain's Raging Bull but he gets back on song with a sizzling wide serve to level.

  20. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6(6) 0-1 ROSOL - That tie break was always going to be so pivotal in the context of this match. It was important Rosol reacted in the right way, but his head mustn't have been completely clear as he blew an easy overhead at 40-30 to give Rafa a sniff. The Czech shrugged off the frustration and duly saw out the game to secure a vital hold as Nadal looked to build on the euphoria of nicking that second set.

  21. - - STAT: Nadal has now played three tie breaks against Rosol and has won all of them.

  22. - - NADAL 4-6 7-6 (6) ROSOL - SET! It's all square! A very tight tie-break sees Rosol go toe-to-toe with the world number one, lashing a winner down the line on the run and overpowering the Spaniard with some blockbusting hitting. At 3-3 Rafa miscues a routine shot to the baseline for a mini break before being completely outplayed and beaten by a sizzling winner down the line. It gives Rosol the initiative and he notches up set point with an ace - but Rafa responds with that trademark forehand. A big first serve sees Nadal earn his own set point and he levels up the match when Rosol double faults at the worst possible moment.

  23. - - NADAL 4-6 6-6 ROSOL - That first serve isn't firing for Rosol and Nadal is getting a bit of joy. At 30-30 the nerves seem to be getting to Rosol but a deep crosscourt attempt sees Nadal fire long which gives the Czech the momentum to force the tie break.

  24. - - NADAL 4-6 6-5 ROSOL - Rafa holds and will at least take this to a tie break now. He's found his form on serve at just the right moment. He even comes to the net and dinks over a drop volley to seal the game for the loss of one point. Pressure back on Rosol to deliver now as he serves to force the tie break.

  25. - - NADAL 4-6 5-5 ROSOL - Just when he needed his big serve to kick in, Rosol delivers. It's another quickfire game to 15. That serve has been a real weapon that continues to strike blow after blow to Nadal's armour. An intriguing finale to this set continues.

  26. - - NADAL 4-6 5-4 ROSOL - A big hold for Nadal as he edges ahead in this second set. The Spaniard roars through a couple of gears to go 40-0 up, but endures a sticky moment when Rosol hits back with a rasping return. At 40-30 it's looking less dominant but he finally sees out the game. A few moments ago Rosol was closing in on serving for this set; now he's serving to stay in it. That's how quick momentum can shift in tennis, particularly against the world's best.

  27. - - NADAL 4-6 4-4 ROSOL - BREAK! He's back in it! Rafa finally engages the Czech in some rallies and reaps the reward. Rosol can't find the cheap winners and sizzles a shot down the line into the net to gift Nadal three break back points. A sensational lob drops just long for the Spaniard, but a stunning return proves too good for Rosol who can only steer it out of court.

  28. - - NADAL 4-6 3-4 ROSOL - Rafa chooses an opportune moment to find his serving mojo, lashing down two aces to take the game to 15. If Rosol keeps up his form on serve, it won't be long until Nadal finds himself two sets down. Time for the world number one to step it up...

  29. - - NADAL 4-6 2-4 ROSOL - Just when it looked like Rosol's serving rhythm was perfectly oiled he begins to falter, allowing Rafa a chink of light. At 30-30 he takes a moment to regroup and then fizzes down two thunderbolts to consolidate the break. Demoralising for Nadal who has barely had an opportunity to attack the big serve in 55 minutes of play.

  30. - - NADAL 4-6 2-3 ROSOL - BREAK! There's a sense of deja vu in the air as a major shock looms on the horizon for Nadal. He's completely outplayed by Rosol's aggression and he drops his serve to love. Stunning stuff from the world number 65 who certainly seems to have the Indian sign over the second seed. At the moment, Nadal simply has no answer to this.

  31. - - NADAL 4-6 2-2 ROSOL - More Rosol rockets see three points flash by Nadal in a blur. A double fault is a mere irritant to the Czech who blitzes down another ace to romp through. All square in the second set.

  32. - - NADAL 4-6 2-1 ROSOL - Better from the Spaniard as he recovers to take the game to 15 after looking under pressure once more. At 30-15 Rosol fires just long with Nadal offering a little jump and a worried glance over his shoulder in hope that it didn't hit the line. The Czech then blazed way out of court, giving Nadal a much-needed lift.

  33. - - NADAL 4-6 1-1 ROSOL - The Czech's service game is well and truly in the groove and Nadal is merely a statue watching on as the underdog cruises to another love hold. The Spaniard needs to find a way to get at Rosol's most potent weapon soon or he could well suffer the same fate as in 2012.

  34. - - NADAL 4-6 1-0 ROSOL - The Czech exposes Nadal's second serve with great anticipation and a return down the line cranks up the heat at 15-30. The Spaniard responds and roars back with a couple of important points and trademark shouts of 'Vamos!' Rosol fires long at 40-30 and Nadal is off the hook with the first game of this second set.

  35. - - NADAL 4-6 ROSOL - SET! The Czech is on fire and roars through a superb service game to love. The world number 65 was just too good and all the doubts will start creeping into Nadal's head. Rosol will have incredible belief. The shock is well and truly on!

  36. - - NADAL 4-5 ROSOL - BREAK! Is lightning going to strike twice? That's a big, big game in this match. The world number one grimaces as he hands Rosol a 0-30 lead when the Czech steers a sublime winner down the line. The Spaniard then wins a challenge to prevent facing three break points, but his serve misfires at 15-30 to hand his opponent two with another double fault. A couple of bold forehands get him out of jail but he has no answer to Rosol's power on this occasion, stabbing into the net twice to drop serve. Advantage Rosol now. He's serving for the set.

  37. - - NADAL 4-4 ROSOL. A 130mph serve followed by a crushing ace sees Rafa moving from side to side without hitting a ball. It's almost a surprise when he does get a chance to return and in doing so he tamely fires into the net. A love hold for the Czech. This one is finely poised.

  38. - - NADAL 4-3 ROSOL. A double fault causes a few murmurs of concern amongst a crowd mainly rooting for Nadal. Rosol looks to pile on the pressure but just misses with a sizzling return. The Czech does make it interesting at 40-30 but Rafa falls back on that weapon of a forehand to finish the job off.

  39. - - NADAL 3-3 ROSOL. An impressive service game from the Czech. The big serve is beginning to earn him some easy points and a couple of sweeping winners leave Rafa with no chance. An ace sends out an emphatic message to the Spaniard as the world number 65 breezes to a hold.

  40. - - NADAL 3-2 ROSOL. The point of the match so far sees Rosol approach the net with a well-executed volley, only to be gazumped by a swerving winner down the line. It puts the Spaniard in his groove and a lovely half-volley followed by a too-hot-to-handle first serve sees him take it to 15.

  41. - - NADAL 2-2 ROSOL. The Czech is being made to work on his serve but is doing just enough to keep pace with the second seed. A superb crosscourt missile gets him out of trouble at 30-30 before a Rafa slip after he misread a backhand down the line proves decisive.

  42. - - NADAL 2-1 ROSOL. It's not entirely convincing from the world number one but he takes the game to 15 after an unfortunate net cord cost Rosol at 30-15. A poorly timed forehand that missed the line by a fair few inches gifts Nadal the hold.

  43. - - NADAL 1-1 ROSOL. Exquisite play at the net sees Rosol stoop to execute a beautiful low volley but he soon finds himself in a fight to hold serve as Nadal tees up 30-30 with a rasping cross-court winner. Rosol hits back with a commanding point and levels it up with a fierce forehand after the Spaniard had just about returned his thumping serve.

  44. - - NADAL 1-0 ROSOL. Very comfortable opening for Rafa who pings down a trio of impressive first serves before taking the game to love when Rosol sears a shot into the net.

  45. 13.12 - Will revenge be served? Or can Rosol get under Nadal's skin once again? We're about to find out. Nadal to serve first.

  46. 13.10 - HEAD-TO-HEAD: The pair have only met twice before and it is currently all-square with one win apiece. Rosol was victorious in their maiden showdown at Wimbledon two years ago while Nadal secured a straight sets triumph over the Czech in Doha earlier this year.

  47. 13.09 - Nadal comes into the game following a nervy four-set success over Martin Klizan in round one where he dropped the first set. Rosol also needed four sets in his opener, defeating Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

  48. 13.08 - Rosol, ranked 65 in the world at present, is relishing the chance to face Nadal once again, insisting the pressure is on the world number one. He said: “It’s Nadal who has to win, I have nothing to lose. I can create another surprise. I want to impose my style on him. The shorter the rallies, the better for me. Nadal is the king of clay, but he is more vulnerable on other surfaces, especially grass. If you want to beat one of the big stars at a grand slam, the early rounds are the best.”

  49. 13.07 - Revenge is a word that has been bandied around by the press ahead of the showdown, but for Nadal it will be all about getting to the next round - no matter who the opponent. Recalling that ill-fated day in 2012, Nadal told reporters: “I lost because he’s a good player. He’s a player that can play very well on this surface. He’s an aggressive player. It will be a tough match again. I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very well. That’s what I’m going to try. If not, I don’t have chances to be in the third round. But I’m going to fight for it."

  50. 13.06 - The warm-up is underway and we are just moments away from this much-anticipated re-match.

  51. 13.05 - Once upon a time two-time champion Nadal's presence in the latter stages here in SW19 was par for the course with five appearances in the final between 2006 and 2011. However, Spain's Raging Bull has fallen at an early hurdle in each of the last two tournaments, including a first round exit to Steve Darcis last year.

  52. 13.00 - Hello and welcome to live coverage of Rafael Nadal's second round match with Lukas Rosol on centre court at Wimbledon. The number two seed will be hoping to avoid another major upset against the Czech, who ousted the Spaniard in an enthralling five-set triumph at the same stage of the tournament back in 2012.

Lukáš Rosol

Nationality CZE
Date of Birth 24/07/1985
Height 1.96 m
Weight 81 kg

Rafael Nadal

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 03/06/1986
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg