Unknown Czech player Lukas Rosol overpowered 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon last night.
''That's (what) happens when you play against a player who is able to hit the ball very hard, hit the ball without thinking and feeling the pressure,'' Nadal said. ''At the end, when the opponent wants to play like he wanted to play in the fifth (set), you are in his hands, no? Everything was going right for him.''
This is the first time since 2005 that Nadal lost in the second round at any major tournament.
He reached the final at the previous five Grand Slams, and also reached the final the last five times he entered Wimbledon, winning the grass-court tournament in 2008 and 2010.
However after a successful, long clay season Nadal deserves to take a break, relax and prepare to defend his gold Olympic medal that will start in less than a month time.
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