Rosol enjoys 'miracle' win

  • Last Updated: June 29 2012, 13:52 BST

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal has been dumped out of Wimbledon by Lukas Rosol and the unsung Czech described his triumph as "a miracle".

Lukas Rosol: Beat Rafael Nadal in five sets

It was one of the most startling upsets the tournament has ever known.

Rosol lost the first set on a tie-break but refused to be swept aside by 11-time Grand Slam winner Nadal, and came back to win 6-7 (11/9) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4 - taking the decider under the Centre Court roof.

A 45-minute delay - initially scheduled to be just a half-hour break - preceded the fifth set, with officials sending the players back to the locker rooms to allow for the roof to be closed under fading light. The break worked in Rosol's favour, and he admitted the win over his fellow 26-year-old surpassed his wildest expectations.

He said: "It is a miracle for me - I never expected this.

"There are so many emotions. He is a superstar but I played unbelievable today. I hope I can play one more match like this.

"I am happy and congratulations to Rafa. He played a good match but I was better."

Spaniard Nadal admitted Rosol had outclassed him in the fifth set and deserved the win.

He said: "For sure [this match] wasn't the best one for me but that's what it is and I have to accept that he came back and played unbelievable in the fifth.

"I was playing well in the fourth - I think I played a great fourth set. Sure the stop this time didn't help me but that's the sport.

"You play against an inspired opponent and I am out. That's all. It is not a tragedy, it is only a tennis match."