Rosol sends Nadal crashing out of Wimbledon
June 29, 2012 -- Updated 1731 GMT (0131 HKT)
- Second seed Rafa Nadal beaten by unknown Czech player Lucas Rosol at Wimbledon
- Rosol, ranked 100 in world, becomes lowest ranked player to beat Nadal in Grand Slam
- Andy Murray through to third round with win over Ivo Karlovic
- British number two James Ward beaten in five sets by tenth seed Mardy Fish
(CNN) -- Second seed Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of Wimbledon, as he was beaten in five sets by unknown Czech player Lukas Rosol.
Rosol, ranked 100 in the world, sealed the biggest win of his life to record one of the biggest shocks in Grand Slam history.
He worried Nadal in a gruelling first-set tie break, but when Nadal held his nerve to win, it looked as though normal service would be resumed.
But Rosol fought back to win 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in three hours and 18 minutes and become the lowest-ranked player to beat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament.
Nadal has not lost a Grand Slam match at the second round stage for seven years, and Rosol looked as surprised as everyone, as he described the win as "a miracle."
Andy Murray's secret weapon
Who will taste Wimbledon glory?
Even so, Nadal was outplayed as Rosol controlled the game throughout and kept his nerve as the pressure grew throughout against a player with 11 Grand Slam titles to his name.
Fourth seed Andy Murray, in the same half of the draw as Nadal and Rosol, was also given a stern test by big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic before winning through to the third round at Wimbledon.
The 6ft 10in Karlovic made it an uncomfortable afternoon in the heat of Centre Court for British number one Murray.
Murray edged the first set 7-5 but wasted a couple of passing opportunities in the second set tie break as Karlovic levelled.
Janko Tipsarevic's goal for Wimbledon
But the Scot responded well, winning the third set 6-2 in just 33 minutes before surviving another tie break to win through in four sets in three hours and 27 minutes.
The look of relief on Murray's face when victory was confirmed told the story of the game -- and that feeling was echoed all around Centre Court, as Murray left to a standing ovation.
"Winning is all that matters," Murray said. He added: "He's a tough opponent and there are very few who play like him."
Murray will meet Marcos Baghdatis in the third round after his Cypriot opponent Grigor Dimitrov retired through injury when trailing 7-5 4-1.
Another home player in fine form was British number two James Ward, who took 10th seed Mardy Fish all the way in a gruelling five-set match.
Fish won the first set before being pegged back and saw a match point go to waste in the fourth set before Ward took it on a tied-break. But Fish broke his young opponent's serve -- and his brave resistence -- midway through the fifth to seal a 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.
Argentine Juan del Potro also won in four sets as he saw off Go Soeda 6-2 6-3 1-6 6-4 on Court 18.
Part of complete coverage on
December 5, 2013 -- Updated 1517 GMT (2317 HKT)
South Africa may just have found another Paralympian to inspire a nation -- and perhaps the world.
November 26, 2013 -- Updated 1253 GMT (2053 HKT)
Marion Bartoli's tennis career had its ups and downs -- both personal and professional. Discover what has made the Wimbledon winner happy.
November 22, 2013 -- Updated 1654 GMT (0054 HKT)
Maria Sharapova has turned to her third coach of 2013 as she seeks to bounce back from shoulder problems.
November 21, 2013 -- Updated 1158 GMT (1958 HKT)
Hitting partner Sascha Bajin and coach Patrick Mouratoglou offer a glimpse into the life of the world No. 1.
November 29, 2013 -- Updated 1706 GMT (0106 HKT)
Down and out in Paris, Serena Williams turned to a man who has helped her become more dominant than ever before.
November 20, 2013 -- Updated 1003 GMT (1803 HKT)
World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey tells CNN he doesn't think Novak Djokovic "has the faintest idea" what his organization does.
The Davis Cup can step up to a new level of popularity by following the example of football's top tournament, says CNN's Will Edmonds.
November 12, 2013 -- Updated 1546 GMT (2346 HKT)
A year that began with a fourth Australian Open title ended similarly triumphant for Novak Djokovic at the ATP Tour finale.
CNN's Will Edmonds says Serena Williams can match Steffi Graf's record haul of 22 grand slam titles following her U.S. Open triumph.
September 9, 2013 -- Updated 1224 GMT (2024 HKT)
Two years after losing part of her lung during a blood clot operation, U.S. Open champion Serena Williams insists playing tennis "is just fun now."
September 4, 2013 -- Updated 1130 GMT (1930 HKT)
Her doubles playing dad is the sporting star of the family, but Micaela Bryan's Twitter page is making the toddler a viral sensation.
Roger Federer is now in danger of diminishing his incredible tennis legacy, says CNN's Will Edmonds.
August 27, 2013 -- Updated 1107 GMT (1907 HKT)
Tennis parents don't have the best of reputations. Think Damir Dokic, John Tomic and Jim Pierce. However, Andy Murray's Mum is very different.
August 15, 2013 -- Updated 1421 GMT (2221 HKT)
Marion Bartoli has retired from tennis with immediate effect, just six weeks after winning her first grand slam title at Wimbledon.
November 19, 2013 -- Updated 1310 GMT (2110 HKT)
When the women's singles champion at the U.S. Open picks up her $2.6 million check, she should spare a moment to thank Billie Jean King.
Today's five most popular stories