THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Rosol's Fearless Finish An Instant Classic
by ATP Staff|
Lukas Rosol not only caused one of the biggest upsets in recent Wimbledon memory by beating Rafael Nadal in the second round Thursday, he produced one of the most astonishing and fearless finishes to a five-setter ever seen at the All England Club.
Sticking with his high-risk, high-reward game plan to overpower Nadal and not let the Spaniard work his way into points, Rosol kept swinging for the fences during the dramatic final set. In his final three service games Rosol did not surrender a point and finished with 10 clean winners, including seven aces, three of which came in the final game alone.
Serving at 3-2, Rosol began with a rare serve/volley point, hitting a clean backhand volley winner. He then hit a huge forehand down the line, which Nadal managed to get a racquet on, to go up 30/0. The 26-year-old Czech then coolly closed out the game with back-to-back aces as his streak of 10 consecutive winners to close out the match began.
At 4-3, fans under the Wimbledon roof were waiting for the familiar plot to kick in: Little-known World No. 100 loses his nerve within reach of a major upset against an 11-time Grand Slam champion and gets broken. Rosol would not follow the script. He served an ace, struck a forehand winner and then repeated the sequence to again hold to love.
Serving for the match at 5-3 Rosol served an ace up the T, hit a forehand winner up the line, another ace up the T and then an ace out wide, never giving the World No. 2 a look in.
Rosol, who is appearing in the Wimbledon main draw for the first time, clubbed 65 winners – including 22 aces – during the match and made just 29 unforced errors. He won 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
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