Rosol will surely get everyone’s attention after a superb 6-7 (9) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory over the 7 time Roland Garros Champion Nadal.
The Czech entered the center court without any signs of fear and held step with the Spaniard all the way through to force a first set tiebreak. Nadal had to dig deep and after saving three setpoints, he got the edge and took a lead in the match.
Rosol seemed to be even more pumped up at the start of the second set, breaking the world no.2 in the opening game. With some massive serving, he pushed Rafa far behind the baseline and used his bullet forehand to finish off any shorter balls from the Spaniard. After converting the setpoint when serving for the set, the Wimbledon crowd jumped up on their feet and there was a possibility of a huge upset.
The world no.100 Czech carried the momentum into the third set, taking Nadal’s serve for the third time in the match to go 2-1 up. The slight tension and the rivarly between both players were clearly visible and the audience got also involved in this spectacular battle, chanting the player’s names to pump up the atmosphere in the stadium. With no more breaks of serve, Rosol closed out the set and moved a step closer to produce one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far.
But the relentless warrior Nadal found his way back into the match, breaking Rosol twice to force a decider. Rafa showed his emotions as he punched his fist and got the crowd into a frenzy. However, this battle was going to be finished with the roof on due to the darkness crawling in. Rafa wasn’t very pleased with the announcement that it would take about 30min to get the roof closed and resume play, but the decision had already been made.
After the half an hour break, the players came out onto the center court once again to finish what they had started in the late afternoon London time.
Rosol struck at the very beginning of the decider and broke last year’s finalist Nadal to take a 1-0 lead. The Czech was almost invincible when serving, firing several aces and not allowing Nadal to find his rhythm. The youngster looked relaxed and decisive in the key moments of the fifth set, and he managed to serve out the match with some stunning performance, falling onto the grass celebrating this spectacular victory.
In the next round, Rosol will play Philipp Kohlschrebeir, who beat Malek Jaziri 6-1 7-6 (2) 6-1.
From the other first round matches: No.9 seed Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina eliminated Japan’s Go Soeda 6-2 6-3 1-6 6-4, 16th seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Lukasz Kubot of Poland 7-6 (4) 6-2 6-1 and former world no.1 Andy Roddick wapped up his match in three sets 6-3 7- 6 (1) 6-3 against Germany’s Bjorn Phau.