London - Rafael Nadal has avenged his shock 2012 Wimbledon defeat to Lukas Rosol
on Thursday with a tense and hard-fought 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-4 win
over the big-hitting Czech.
World number one Nadal did it the hard
way, however, dropping the first set and then trailing 2-4 in the
second before then having to save a set point in the tiebreaker.
the 2008 and 2010 champion, who lost in the first round to Steve Darcis
in 2013, wrapped up a place in the third round for the first time since
2011 on a third match point.
His mighty roar and extravagant fist
pump at the moment of victory, which shook Centre Court to the core,
spoke volumes as the hurt and humiliation of two years ago was finally
"I tried to keep fighting and waited for my moment,"
said Nadal, after dropping the first set for the second time in two
matches at this year's Wimbledon.
"I saved a set point in the
tiebreaker which was very important because to be two sets down to a big
server like Rosol would have been very dangerous."
next faces Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, finished with 35 winners to
Rosol's carefree hammering of 50, but crucially the Spanish winner of 14
Grand Slam titles gave up just nine unforced errors in the 2hr 44min
"I don't think in terms of revenge," insisted Nadal.
"All matches are different. When I lost in 2012 it was because the
opponent played better.
"It doesn't matter if it's Rosol or any
other player, the goal is to play as well as possible. Now I feel a
little tired, there was a lot of tension but I played great towards the
Seven-time champion Roger Federer breezed into the third
round with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Luxembourg qualifier Gilles Muller
and next faces either 30th-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain or Santiago
Giraldo of Colombia.
Federer, seeded fourth, completed his match
under the Centre Court roof after rain brought an early halt to play on
the outside courts.
"It was only my second match and a totally
different opponent to the first one -- big lefty, coming to the net,
keeping the ball short," the Swiss said.
"It was really a serving
contest out there, I thought, and I'm happy I made it because the second
set was tough with the rain delay and I wasn't having many looks on his
Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic reached the third round
for the first time with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Jack Sock of the
United States and goes on to face 2013 quarter-finalist Lukasz Kubot of
Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori also moved into the third
round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 thrashing of American qualifier Denis Kudla
courtesy of 40 winners.
The 24-year-old will next play Italian
lucky loser Simone Bolelli, who put out German 22nd seed Philipp
Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
Czech 20-year-old Jiri
Vesely stunned France's Gael Monfils 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 6-7
(3/7), 6-4 and now faces Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios who saved nine
match points in a 3-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 win over French 13th
seed Richard Gasquet, a 2007 semi-finalist.
rescued French pride by defeating Sam Querrey 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (4/7),
6-3, 14-12 in a match held over from Wednesday when the American had
squandered a match point.
fifth seed and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka also went into
the last 32, beating 2010 quarter-finalist Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan, 7-6
(8/6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Five-time women's champion Serena Williams
handed South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers a 49-minute thrashing to race
into the third round with a 6-1, 6-1 victory and next meets French 25th
seed Alize Cornet.
"I feel okay. I don't want to feel great
necessarily right now because hopefully I have several more matches I
can play," said 17-time major winner Williams.
The 32-year-old American overwhelmed Scheepers with 26 winners and eight aces.
2004 champion Maria Sharapova booked her place in the third round with a
crushing 6-2, 6-1 win against Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky.
The 27-year-old will face Alison Riske, the American world number 44, for a place in the last 16.
always get a few butterflies stepping onto a court where you've had so
many good matches, but I'm happy with the way I'm playing," said French
Open champion Sharapova.
Wimbledon results on Thursday, the fourth day of the 2014 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeded player):
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x14) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 14-12
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x5) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Denis Istomin (UZB) bt Julian Reister (GER) 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 6-4
Tommy Robredo (ESP x23) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (7/5)
Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Gilles Muller (LUX) 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Jack Sock (USA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Lukasz Kubot (POL) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)
Simone Bolelli (ITA) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x22) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Kei Nishikori (JPN x10) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x13) 3-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8
Jir Vesel (CZE) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x24) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 6-7 (3/7), 6-4
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Frank Dancevic (CAN) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Luks Rosol (CZE) 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-4
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 6-1, 6-1
Alize Cornet (FRA x25) bt Petra Cetkovsk (CZE) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Andrea Petkovic (GER x20) bt Irina Begu (ROM) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Eugnie Bouchard (CAN) bt Silvia Soler (ESP) 7-5, 6-1
Angelique Kerber (GER x9) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x24) bt Lourdes Domnguez (ESP) 6-2, 6-1
Alison Riske (USA) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA) 7-5, 6-2
Maria Sharapova (RUS x5) bt Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 6-2, 6-1
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) bt Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-4, 6-4
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) bt Carla Surez (ESP x15) 7-6 (14/12), 5-7, 6-2
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x11) bt Zheng Jie (CHN) 6-4, 6-0
Sabine Lisicki (GER x19) bt Karolna Plskov (CZE) 6-3, 7-5
Madison Keys (USA) bt Klara Koukalova (CZE x31) 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2