Nadal overcomes Rosol to advance at Wimbledon

 

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London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time champion Rafael Nadal was tested mightily in a second-round victory Thursday at Wimbledon.

The second-seeded world No. 1 superstar came back to beat Czech Lukas Rosol 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-4 on the famed Centre Court. Rosol shocked Nadal in the second round here two years ago, and Nadal was a first-round loser against Belgian Steve Darcis in the opening round last year.

Rosol had set points in the second-set tiebreak but was unable to convert, as Nadal prevailed en route to completing his comeback in 2 hours, 44 minutes.

The big-serving Rosol popped 17 aces, compared to 11 for Nadal, who broke his Czech counterpart three times, compared to two breaks for the loser.

Nadal has now beaten Rosol twice since losing to the Czech slugger here in 2012. The mighty Spaniard's other win came in Doha, Qatar, back in January.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, who is the reigning French and U.S. Open titlist, is now 38-7 lifetime at Wimbledon, where he's a two-time winner and three-time runner-up.

Up next for the 28-year-old Nadal will be Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin.

In other action involving top-10 seeds, No. 8 Milos Raonic, of Canada, humbled American Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and No. 10 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, erased American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

The youngest player in the men's draw, 19-year-old Aussie Nick Kyrgios, pulled off an impressive upset by eliminating 13th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8. Kyrgios smacked 21 aces and saved nine match points in the remarkable victory on the No. 2 Court. The Aussie needed 3 hours, 53 minutes to advance, as Gasquet ripped 27 aces in a losing effort.

Italian Simone Bolelli took out 22nd-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, while Czech Jiri Vesely upended 24th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-7 (3-7), 6-4.

Also on Day 4, Kukushkin drubbed Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 and Poland's Lukasz Kubot overcame Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Kubot was a surprise Wimbledon quarterfinalist last year.

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