Nadal To Face 2012 Conqueror Rosol At Wimbledon; Monfils Reaches Milestone
by ATP Staff|
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.
Gael 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."
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.