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Nadal To Face 2012 Conqueror Rosol At Wimbledon; Monfils Reaches Milestone

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Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal breaks a three-match losing streak on grass Tuesday at the All England Club.

Two-time former champion Rafael Nadal will come face-to-face with his 2012 conqueror, Lukas Rosol, in the second round of The Championships on Thursday.

Nadal broke a three-match losing streak on grass-courts when the second seed defeated Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court for his 700th tour-level victory (700-136 overall). He is the 11th player in the Open Era to reach the match-wins milestone.

"I am excited to be back here, to win another match at Wimbledon, on the Centre Court," said the Spaniard.

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Nadal, a winner of 14 Grand Slam championship titles, was beaten by Rosol 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round two years ago. Rosol advanced to a re-match with Nadal on Tuesday after he knocked out Benoit Paire 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. 

"He's an aggressive player," said Nadal about his Czech opponent. "It will be a tough match again. I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very well... I'm going to fight for it."

During the fortnight, 28-year-old Nadal is bidding to become just the second man in the Open Era to win the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double on three occasions, after Bjorn Borg completed the clay-grass Grand Slam ‘double’ from 1978-80. Nadal won both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010.

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MonfilsGael Monfils also reached a milestone Tuesday, recording his 300th match win by defeating Tunisian Malek Jaziri 7-6(5), 7-5, 6-4. Monfils, making his first appearance since 2011, has never advanced beyond the Wimbledon third round and called every grass-court win a "bonus" after the match.

The 24th-seeded Frenchman will next face Czech Jiri Vesely, who led 5-1 when Victor Estrella retired with a leg injury. "For me on grass, he is a good player," said Monfils. "It's hard for me to play on grass court. Basically, no matter what, is going to be tough match for me."

Richard Gasquet, the No. 13 seed and 2007 semi-finalist (l. to Federer), hit 22 aces to James Duckworth’s 12 aces in a 6-7(3), 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win. He improved to an 8-12 record in fifth sets. 

Gasquet now faces a second Australian Nick Kyrgios, who is making his senior debut at the All England Club this week. In hot conditions, Kyrgios beat Stephane Robert 7-6(2), 7-6(1), 6-7(6), 6-2, hitting 29 aces and converting five of his 17 break point opportunities. The young Australian won the junior Wimbledon title over the past two years.

In-form No. 19 seed Feliciano Lopez is one match away from his 350th tour-level win after beating qualifier Yuichi Sugita 7-6(6), 7-6(6), 7-6(7). He will play qualifier Ante Pavic.

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