Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 Wimbledon: Nadal Loses 2nd Round 5-setter!!


In one of the most stunning upsets of the year, if not several years (at least since his 2009 French Open loss to Robin Soderling) World #2 Rafael Nadal was defeated by World #100 Lukas Rosol of Czech Republic 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4 in the 2nd round of the 2012 Wimbledon. Nadal had made it to the final of the only grass court major the last 5 times he had entered the tournament (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), winning the title twice in 2008 and 2010. Nadal won his 11th career major and 7th French Open title a mere17 days ago and hadn't lost this early in a major tournament since the 2005 Wimbledon.

I don't know anything about Rosol but I bet Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be competing to see who can send him the largest bouquet of flowers. This completely opens up the bottom half of the draw for people like Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Milos Raonic and Juan Martin del Potro to reach their first Wimbledon final. It also means that the potential semifinal showdown between Federer and Djokovic next Friday will be considered the "real" final, if it happens.

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