Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal portrays his acrobatics while attempting to return in the first round match against Martin Klizan. Getty Images

Rafael Nadal takes on Lukas Rosol in the second round of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the Centre Court of the All England Club, London, on Thursday.

Where to Watch Live

The match is set to begin at 1pm BST. Live coverage will be available on BBC One and BBC One HD. Radio commentary of the game is on BBC Radio 5 Live. Live scores, regular updates, radio commentary and live streaming link will be available on Wimbledon's official website.


Nadal paved his way into the second round of this year's Grand Slam event at the English capital needing 175 minutes after recovering from a first set shocker against Martin Klizan.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion went down, 4-6, in the opening set but found his footing in the subsequent sets winning, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, to register his second victory against the 24-year-old Slovakian.

The Spaniard, who is seeded second, will be aiming to avenge Rosol for eliminating him at this very stage of the competition two years ago.

The 28-year-old Czech Republican too had to go through a four-set affair in the opening round against Benoit Paire on Tuesday. Playing on Court 5, he needed nearly two hours to oust the 25-year-old Frenchman, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Rosol will be keen on upsetting the world no 1 once again and prevent him from going second among the all-time winners.

The winner of this match will face the winner between Mikhail Kukushkin and Frank Dancevic in the third round on Saturday.


Nadal and Rosol are tied at 1-1 in overall meetings.

The duo last met at the 2014 Qatar ExxonMobil Open where the Spaniard emerged triumphant in straight sets.

Wimbledon History

Rosol sent Nadal crashing out of this competition in the second round two years ago in a dramatic five-set thriller which ended, 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

What They Say

Rafael Nadal: "When you go on court and you lost last year in the first round, the year before in the second round, no, I don't going to lie nobody, sure, it stays in your mind. But in the end is a tennis match. It will be a tough match again. I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very well. That's what I'm going to try. If not, I don't have chances to be in the third round. But I'm going to fight for it."

Lukas Rosol: "It's Nadal who has to win, I have nothing to lose. Rosol said on Tuesday. I can create another surprise. I want to impose my style on him. The shorter the rallies, the better for me. Nadal is the king of clay, but he is more vulnerable on other surfaces, especially grass. If you want to beat one of the big stars at a grand slam, the early rounds are the best."