RAFAEL Nadal has been blasted out of Wimbledon by 100th-ranked player Lukas Rosol.

In an historic defeat last night, the world number two lost a gruelling second-round tennis match against the 6ft 5in Czech player – who had never even qualified for Wimbledon before this year.

Rosol called his win against the Spaniard ‘a miracle’.

“I never expected this,” he said. “He is a superstar but I played unbelievable today. I hope I can play one more match like this.”

Characteristically Nadal, who won his seventh French Open a fortnight ago, took the defeat well: “You play against an inspired opponent and I am out. That’s all,” he said.

“It is not a tragedy, it is only a tennis match.”

The result – up there with the biggest shock defeats in the history of tennis – is great news for fans of Scot Andy Murray, who was likely to be up against Nadal in the semi-final and now has a much better chance of claiming his first Wimbledon title.

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  1. Looks like Nadal sees this philosphicaly and in the right perspective, “It is not a tragedy, it is only a tennis match.” He has won enough tourneyments against the world’s best players to say that with confidence. He’s right.
    Implying Andy Murray may now have a chance to beat Nadal, is silly. Look at their win/loss record. Murray’s not there

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