Tennis

Rosol's Wimbledon dream ends

2012-06-30 16:24
Lukas Rosol (Gallo Images)

London - Lukas Rosol, the shock Wimbledon conqueror of Rafael Nadal, returned to familiar anonymity on Saturday when Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber sent him crashing out in the third round.

Czech world 100 Rosol had caused one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport when he beat world number two Nadal in five sets in the second round under the Centre Court roof on Thursday.

But, in the less glamourous surroundings of Court 12, normal service was resumed as German 27th seed Kohlschreiber, who had also beaten Nadal on grass at Halle two weeks ago, eased to a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) victory and a first appearance in the fourth round.

"I was feeling good today, but it was a little bit windy and that didn't help me a lot. He was playing pretty good and he didn't gave me a lot of chances," said Rosol, who will hit the ground with a bump next week when he plays a second-tier Challenger event in Germany.

"I hope I have shown that I can play with anyone. That's what I feel. And these players are going to see they can lose against me."

Kohlschreiber said the more intimate surroundings of Court 12 suited him rather than Rosol.

"I knew it was a danger to play him but I had a good game plan. I mixed up the pace a lot, he doesn't like to move too much into the court and I figured out the perfect tactic," said Kohlschreiber.

"I was happy not to be playing Nadal where the chances would have been 90-10; against Rosol it was more 50-50.

"I just hoped that he would not have another day like that against me. But all the conditions were different today. It was windy, it was a smaller court and the wind means he can't hit the ball full power."

Kohlschreiber will tackle American qualifier Brian Baker for a place in the quarter-finals.

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