LONDON: Rafael Nadal wrote off his sensational Wimbledon loss to Lukas Rosol as an accident of sport and challenged the Czech, ranked 100 in the world, to make any further headway in the tournament.
Nadal said he doubted if the Czech could repeat his heroics in the rest of the tournament which begins with a last 32 clash against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Ironically, it was Kohlschreiber who knocked Nadal out of the Halle grasscourt event at the quarter-final stage in the run-up to Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, Lukas Rosol admitted he was surprised by Rafael Nadal’s uncharacteristic shoulder charge in the third set of his stunning second round triumph over the great Spaniard.
Nadal had become clearly irritated by Rosol’s constant movement during his service motion and made his anger clear to the umpire. After the Czech had broken for a 2-1 lead in the third set, the two players collided at the changeover.