London: imbledon giantkiller 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.
A clearly rattled Nadal, who had played in the last five Grand Slam finals, slumped to his worst defeat at a major in seven years when Rosol, the world 100, clinched an historic 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Centre Court triumph. Nadal had become clearly irritated by Rosol's constant movement during his service motion and made his anger clear to the umpire.
• Rafael Nadal walks to pickup the racket of Lukas Rosol after Rosol defeated Nadal in a second round men's singles match at Wimbledon
After the Czech had broken for a 2-1 lead in the third set, the two players collided at the changeover. “I was surprised that he can do it on the Centre Court at Wimbledon. I didn't expect it, it was his choice,” Rosol said. “I thought that he wants to let me go first, you know, but then he start to walk fast. I stop because I don't want to hit me.
He hit me, and then three times he apologize. And I say, Okay, okay, okay. It was okay.” Rosol, whose five previous visits to Wimbledon had all ended in first round defeats in qualifying, believes the incident was Nadal's way of trying to break his stride as he took an iron grip on the match.
“He wanted to take my concentration. I knew that he will try something. He talked to me a little bit. I think it's normal somebody do it like this. So is not the right moment for me to say what happened out there because it's gonna sound an excuse, and I never want to put an excuse after a match like today. But the umpire say a few things weren't right.”
Sharapova survives a scare
No. 1 seed Sharapova beat Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, ranked 38th by the women's tennis tour, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7), 6- 0. Williams fired 10 aces in her victory over Hungarian qualifier Melinda Czink. “I started with no motor whatsoever,” Sharapova told reporters. “I was just on pause.
There were just a lot of things I felt I could have done better.”Sharapova's match was suspended for bad light last evening. Resuming today a set and 3-1 up, she started slowly as her opponent leveled at 3-3 before games went with serve to 6-6 and another tiebreak.
The Russian started the tiebreak with a double-fault, then fell 4-1 behind after two more doublefaults, before Pironkova extended the lead to 6-1. Sharapova pulled back to 6-3, but Pironkova wrapped up the set as her opponent hit a groundstroke too long. “She came out firing and I couldn't get much rhythm,” Sharapova said.
“Luckily I got it together in the third set. I was a little tentative. I tried not to focus on her game and concentrate more on mine.”
Paes-stepanek in round two
Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek cruised to the second round of the men's doubles at the Wimbledon tennis championships here Thursday beating the Australian team of Colin Ebelthite and John Peers in straight sets.
The Indo-Czech pair hardly broke a sweat, requiring just an hour and a half to dispose of the unseeded pair 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.
The fourth seeds dominated every aspect of the game, converting five of the 10 break points while their opponents failed to break their serve even once. They now take on the Israeli combine of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram in the second round.