Nadal takes revenge on Rosol to reach Wimbledon third round

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 26, 2014, 20:56 PM IST

London: 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.