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

Spain's Rafael Nadal jumps and punches the air as he celebrates beating Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol during their men's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest
Spain's Rafael Nadal jumps and punches the air as he celebrates beating Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol during their men's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 26, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates getting a break back in the second set against Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol during their men's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, sou
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates getting a break back in the second set against Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol during their men's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 26, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts to winning the second set during his men's singles tennis match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 26, 2014. Rafael Nadal avenged his shock 2012 Wimbledon defea
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts to winning the second set during his men's singles tennis match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 26, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic in their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 26, 2014. Rafael Nadal avenged his shock 2012 Wimbledon defeat to Lukas Roso
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic in their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 26, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.