Nadal suffers earliest loss at Wimbledon since 2005, falls to Rosol

published: Jun, 28, 2012

by: Nima Naderi

Wimbledon—London, England

Two-time former winner Rafael Nadal suffered his earliest loss at a major since the second-round of the 2005 Wimbledon Championships when unhearaled Czech Lukas Rosol took him out, 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

The match, which featured a 30-minute delay prior to the start of the fifth set because of rain, was highlighted by the flat-hit strokes of Rosol. Striking 65 stunning winners in total, Rosol blasted 22 aces past the Spaniard and won 83 percent of his first serve points. Nadal, who never found his footing at the baseline or the net, struck 41 winners to 16 unforced errors.

Rosol, 26, ranked No. 100 in the world, had never advanced past the third-round of any major in five previous appearances.

Nadal will lose 1155 ranking points for his second-round defeat. The Mallorcan is next scheduled to take part in the summer Olympics which will be held at Wimbledon starting July 28.

Rosol will face Philipp Kohlschreiber for a place in the fourth round.

Nima Naderi

http://www.tennisconnected.com

Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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