Lukas Rosol has sensationally defeated Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon 2012. Crowds on centre court could hardly believe their eyes as the Spaniard was simply outclassed by the unseeded Czech, who is ranked 100 in the world.

The match lasted over three-and-a-quarter hours and went to five sets. The final score was 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Nadal had his chances and was beginning to rally after taking the fourth set in style. However, the decision was made to close the roof on centre court and a delay of around 25 minutes ensued.

Nonetheless, Rosol was extraordinary on the main court, breaking Nadal immediately on the restart and holding his serve with absolute ease. With returns and forehands of over 90mph, he outpowered Nadal and amazed everybody in attendance. Lukas Rosol had never been seen in the main draw of the Championships before, having lost in the qualifying rounds five times previously.

It is the first time Nadal has lost before the third round of a Grand Slam since the US Open of 2005. This half of the draw at Wimbledon, which includes Andy Murray, is now wide open.

The incredible match will go down in the SW19 record books and will last in the memories of those watching for many years to come.

James Muir

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