World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will face No. 52 Lukas Rosol in the second round of The Championships on Thursday. As you know, Rosol beat injured Rafa in five sets two years ago at Wimbledon. They have only met twice in their career’s and the only other meeting was on a hard court this year in Doha – our champion won in straight sets.
Rafa talks about his opponent: “He’s a good player. He’s a player that can play very well on this surface. He’s aggressive player. Will be a tough match again. I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very well. That’s what I going to try. If not, I don’t have chances to be in the third round. But I going to fight for it.”
Rosol on Rafa: “It’s Nadal who has to win, I have nothing to lose. I can create another surprise. I want to impose my style on him. The shorter the rallies, the better for me. Nadal is the king of clay. But he is more vulnerable on other surfaces, especially grass. If you want to beat one of the big stars at a Grand Slam, the early rounds are the best… The match in 2012 was a bad-tempered affair with Rosol and Nadal involved in an ugly shoulder charge at the net. “When we see each other, we say hello. That’s all but I don’t have any problems with him.”
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
START TIME: 1 pm local time (United Kingdom), 2 pm CEST (Spain, France, Germany, Italy) 8 am EDT (New York, Montreal). To convert to your local time, use this website.
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Source: ATP World Tour