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Wimbledon 2014: Nadal takes revenge on Rosol to reach third round

Published on Jun 26, 2014 11:14 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Rafael Nadal 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 having to save a set point in the tiebreaker.

But 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 at the moment of victory spoke volumes. Nadal next plays Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.