Bounced out! Nadal is stunned by unknown Czech to open way for Andy
00:49 GMT, 29 June 2012
Wimbledon witnessed one of the greatest upsets in its 126-year history as two-time champion Rafael Nadal was dumped out by little-known Czech Lukas Rosol.
In a result that opens the way for Andy Murray to reach his first Wimbledon final, world No 100 Rosol became the lowest-ranked player to beat Nadal at a Grand Slam.
The 2,500-1 pre-tournament outsider won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, with the final set played under the roof on Centre Court.
Feeling down: Nadal looks distraught after being beaten by Rosol
Nadal was so disturbed that at the change of ends with the score 2-3 in the third set, he bumped shoulders with the Czech. ‘He was trying to affect my concentration. I’m surprised he did it on the Centre Court, but he apologised three times afterwards,’ said Rosol, who will face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round.
‘I’m so surprised,’ added Rosol, who was playing only his 10th Grand Slam match and even failed to qualify for Eastbourne. ‘I was just hoping to play three good sets. Not to lose 6-0, 6-1, 6-2. It’s a miracle. I never expected anything like this.’
Major upset: Lukas Rosol celebrates his win
French Open champion Nadal, who would have expected to meet Murray in the semi-final, has not lost at this stage of a Grand Slam for seven years.
He put his defeat down, in part, to the 40-minute delay while the roof closed, saying: ‘For the first three sets I didn’t play well. I was playing well in the fourth and the stop didn’t help me. He came back out and played unbelievably in the fifth set. That’s sport.’
Taking the applause: Rosol