WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Rafael Nadal made his earliest Grand
Slam exit since 2005 when he was overpowered Thursday by
big-serving Lukas Rosol 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second
round at Wimbledon.
Rosol, a 26-year-old Czech ranked No. 100, earned the biggest
win of his career playing in Wimbledon's main draw for the first
time. He lost each of the past five years in the first round of
As the match stretched beyond dusk, the conclusion came with the
retractable roof closed for the final set on Centre Court. The
upset on tennis' biggest stage was no fluke: Rosol served
brilliantly and repeatedly stepped instead the baseline to hit
aggressive groundstrokes, while Nadal found himself pinned deep and
on the defensive.
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