6/28/12 3:19 AM | Ricky Dimon
Rafael Nadal takes the court at the All-England Club again on Thursday after taking care of Thomaz Bellucci in round one. Next up for Nadal is Lukas Rosol.
Rafael Nadal's 2012 Wimbledon campaign got off to an inauspicious start when he lost the first four games to Thomaz Bellucci on Monday. However, the world No. 2 woke up with plenty of time to spare and sprinted past Bellucci 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-3.
Nadal was shaky on grass in Halle, but that is nothing new in the immediate aftermath of French Open titles (seven in all). The Spaniard lost his second match at the warmup event to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets. Still, more indicative of Nadal's form is that he is 42-5 this season and he has to be content with how he performed in his opener at the All-England Club.
Next up for Nadal on Thursday is Lukas Rosol, whom he has never faced. The 6'5'' Czech defeated Ivan Dodig 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(0), 7-5 in the first round.
At 26 years old, Rosol is in the midst of a breakout year on tour. He owns 12 of his 19 career ATP match victories during his 2012 campaign, including two at Queen's Club (over Victor Hanescu and Marcos Baghdatis). The world No. 100 also advanced to the third round in Miami.
Rosol has a big serve so he can be dangerous on grass when he is putting in a high percentage of first deliveries. Nadal, though, will be sure to get off to a much faster start in this one so count on the two-time champ rolling in straight sets.
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