PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Lukas Rosol to reach Wimbledon third round

Same court, same players, different result, as World No. 1 Rafael Nadal avenged his 2012 defeat to Lukas Rosol with a 4-set win; 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-4. Congratulations Rafa!

Rafa after his victory: “I never play for revenge; every match is different. Today was a normal match: I try to win. My goal is not Rosol. My goal is to play as well as possible – doesn’t if it’s against Rosol or against any other player who has beaten me in the past. I had a good answer after big trouble in the first and second sets and I think I finished the match playing great.”

I knew I had to keep fighting, waiting for my moment. I made a few mistakes but he was serving very well then the second set was very important. Against Rosol two sets down it would have been very dangerous.”

Photos: Getty Images, WireImage, AELTC / Source: Wimbledon, BBC

19 comments

  1. His fighting spirit, energy and motivation evident. Match by match getting more comfortable on the grass, don’t know if I can survive if he bites the trophy again or if he doesn’t! I’m still recovering from Paris . . .

  2. Well deserved win. The sweetest revenge. I don’t mind you losing Wimbledon as long as you beat Rosol. Your graciousness and mental fortitude is incomparable…..;) It would be a sight to behold if you are gonna bite another wimbledon trophy this year…Vamosss RAFA from New Zealand.

  3. Congratulations Raffa on your great win again today, u were tremendous as usual. From a fan in Ireland.

  4. Congratulations from big fan in Ireland, I can smile again all day. Well done Raffa Nadal. My favourite player.

  5. Yes! Vamos Rafito! I prayed for you today and my prayers have been answered! Thank God! I’m so happy!

  6. I can breathe easy now. Simply awesome Rafa esp your mental fortitude. You are the best when it come to that, hands down! We march on to the next round! Vamos!

  7. That was a dog fight ! Rafa was the doberman and Rosol a poodle today! Way to go Rafa so happy for you and you made my day I’ll be smiling all day ! Love from Toronto!

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