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Lukas Rosol fails to capitalise after defeat of Nadal

Updated: Saturday, 30 Jun 2012 15:30 | Comments

Lukas Rosol failed to repeat his heroics of Thursday night
Lukas Rosol failed to repeat his heroics of Thursday night

Rafael Nadal's conqueror Lukas Rosol fell on his sword at Wimbledon today as he fell in straight sets to Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The previously-unheralded Czech has been the talk of the tournament since his sensational second-round dumping of Nadal on Thursday night, and there was not a spare seat to be had as he took on the experienced German on Court 12.

But it proved to be a game too far for the 26-year-old as he surrendered 6-2 6-3 7-6 (8/6) and, although his reputation has been enhanced, he leaves London still having failed to progress beyond the third round of a grand slam.

His name will live long on SW19 folklore, though, and the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray may well be thanking him for a long time to come should they win the tournament in the absence of second seed Nadal.

He could have done with their help today as he seemingly struggled to adapt to being away from the limelight out on a windy outer court that was a far cry from the lights and roof of Centre.

Rosol contested a line call in the opening game - forgetting Hawkeye was not available to him as it had been on Centre - and, while those packed inside craned to take photos of Wimbledon's latest giant-killer, his serve was broken in just the third game when he was unable to find the audacious winners that he did against Nadal.

The tidy Kohlschreiber was receiving little if any support from the crowd but went about his business effectively, breaking again in the seventh game and then serving the set out to 15.

He continued his impressive form into the second set, breaking twice more as Rosol became visibly frustrated at his inability to scale the heights he had less than 48 hours earlier.

He did show some fight in the third set, taking it to a tie-break and then saving three match points when 6-3 down, but when he planted a backhand wide it handed Kohlschreiber a deserved win.

That did not stop Rosol soaking up the adulation of the crowd, however, even if at this stage it was not intended for him.

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