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Nadal rallies past dangerous Rosol at Wimbledon, avenges '12 loss

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London, Jun 26 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal was in serious danger of falling behind two sets to love in his second-round match at Wimbledon but he rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-4 victory Thursday over Lukas Rosol, avenging his 2012 loss to the Czech at this Grand Slam event.

Nadal trailed by a set and a service break on Center Court against the world No. 52, who employed the same go-for-broke style that worked when he stunned the Spaniard in the second round two years ago.

The world No. 1 also was on the ropes in the second-set tiebreaker, but he came up with a clutch forehand winner to save a set point and then evened the match two points later when the Czech committed a double fault.

The 28-year-old Nadal, who apparently is not suffering from the knee problems that plagued him last year, when he was eliminated in the first round by Belgium's Steve Darcis, lost the first set on the strength of one service break.

In the second set, Rosol used his powerful return game to go up a break at 4-2 and looked fully capable of repeating his stunning performance in 2012.

But the world No. 1 bore down to get the service break back and send the second set to a tiebreaker, which he eked out thanks to a double fault by the Czech on set point.

The Spaniard then proceeded to lift his game in the latter part of the match to earn two more service breaks against Rosol, who finished the contest with 17 aces but connected on just 46 percent of his first serves in the third set as the match slipped away.

Nadal faced one break point in the fourth set, but Rosol's failure to convert that opportunity proved to be the final nail in the coffin.

"After getting the 'break' in the second set, I think I played much better than he did," Nadal said afterward, although he acknowledged that "going down two sets against a big server like Rosol would have been a problem."

Next up for the world No. 1 in Saturday's third round will be Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, who routed Canada's Frank Dancevic 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday.

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