Wimbledon 2012: Nadal stunned by Rosol in 2nd round
It was a day that saw Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova advance into the third round and Japan's Kei Nishikori making history by reaching the last 32. But what made headlines and left everyone staring in disbelief was Rafael Nadal ousted by an unknown Lukas Rosol. A brief look at how the action unfolded on the fourth day at Wimbledon.
It was a day that saw Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova advance into the third round and Japan's Kei Nishikori making history by reaching the last 32. But what made headlines and left everyone staring in disbelief was Rafael Nadal ousted by an unknown Lukas Rosol. A brief look at how the action unfolded on the fourth day at Wimbledon. (AFP and AP Images)
Fresh from his success at the French Open, Rafael Nadal took on Czech Lukas Rosol in his second round match. Clearly the two time Wimbledon was the favourite to win.
But Rosol proved a worthy opponent as he matched shot for shot and lost only in the tie-breaker, that too 9-11.
The Czech then had Nadal running from pillar to post and clinched the second and third set 6-4 to take a 2-1 lead.
Nadal however was not ready to give up just yet and rallied back to claim the fourth set and looked set to battle into the next round.
The fifth set was played under the roof after a 45-minute break giving Rosol enough time to cath his breath. The Czech then turned up his game as he ace after ace leaving Nadal helpless. Eventually Rosol won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Maria Sharapova overcame Tsvetana Pironkova after the match went into the third set. Sharapova won 7-6, 6-7, 6-0.
Her sister Venus may have made a first round exit but Serena Williams showed no such hassles in her second round match against Melinda Czink, winning 6-1, 6-4.
Andy Murray was pitted against Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic but it was Murray who stood tall in the end as he took the honours with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 win.
Andy Roddick dominated his second round encounter with Bjorn Phau to finish the game in straight sets 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.
Spain's David Ferrer had a good day at the office as he took on Kenny De Schepper. The Spaniard won 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 to book his place in the third round.
The Japanese flag was kept flying at Wimbledon by Kei Nishikori. He came away with a straight set win over Florent Serra of France. He won 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 to make it to the last 32, the first Japanese man in 17 years to reach the third round here.
Despite Li Na's exit, China still had something to cheer about as Jie Zheng beat Aleksandra Wozniak to enter the third round. Zheng won her second round match 6-4, 6-2.
Sara Errani dispatched Anne Keothavong 6-1, 6-1 in a clinical performance where her opponent simply could not match her strokeplay.
Mardy fish was made to work hard against James Ward in a match that went till the fifth set. The American ultimately emerged victorious - 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 the final score.