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Rafael Nadal loses in second round of Wimbledon

Had Wimbledon on in the background this afternoon then had to stop all I was doing to watch the final set of a second-round match that saw two-time champion Rafael Nadal lose in five sets.

Nadal, who has reached the final at Wimbledon five times, did not play badly at all. He was simply beaten by the inspired play of Lukas Rosol, a player ranked #100 who played the match of his career.

The 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory by Rosol is already being called one of the biggest upsets in the 135-year history of the tournament and it comes just 17 days after Nadal won a record seventh French Open crown.

What impressed me the most about Nadal was his behavior immediately after the match. He waved to the crowd, he applauded his opponent and he stopped to sign several autographs for fans before leaving Centre Court.

Win or lose, he is a true champion.



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2 Remarks

  1. Rosol played the match of his life. He had nothing to lose and made Nadal look like the qualifier. That last game alone-one forehand winner and three aces, the last on match point. Good for him.

    This rips a huge hole in that part of the draw. You bet you bottom dollar, Federer, Murray and Djokovic were all watching in disbelief.

  2. June 29th, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    johann kerr says:

    I didn’t care for Rafa deliberately smashing a shoulder into Rosol during a chaneover. Tactics of a Connors or a John Mac – juvenile, to say the least. Shocked that Rafa went over to the dark side…

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