meets Rosol in revenge match
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[June 26, 2014]
By Sam Holden
LONDON (Reuters) - French Open champion
Rafael Nadal will face his 2012 Wimbledon nemesis, Lukas Rosol, on
Thursday, knowing he will have to up his game to avoid another
second-round exit at the hands of the Czech world number 52.
After a first-round defeat at the All England Club last year, and
failure at the same stage at Halle two weeks ago, the world No.1
ended a three-match grasscourt losing streak with a nervous four-set
win over Martin Kilzan on Tuesday to set up the Rosol rematch on
"He's a player that can play very well on this surface," Nadal,
champion in 2008 and 2010, said.
"I lost (in 2012) because he's a good player. He's an aggressive
player. I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very
Seven-times champion Roger Federer will be confident of making it
four wins out of four against qualifier Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.
The pair have met before on the hard courts of Indian Wells, Bangkok
and the U.S. Open, their last contest dating back to 2008.
Fifth-seeded Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who could face
the Swiss 17-times grand slam winner in the quarter-finals, meets Lu
Yen-Hsun from Taiwan for the first time.
Top seed and five-times champion Serena Williams will be a daunting
opponent for South African world No.94 Chanelle Scheepers on Court
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Maria Sharapova, buoyant after her triumph at the French Open, takes
on Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky. The fifth seed is seeking a
second Wimbledon crown 10 years after her first.
Third seed Simona Halep, runner-up at the French Open and a
quarter-finalist at the Australian Open this year, will hope to
extend her fine grand slam form against qualifier Lesia Tsurenko of
(Writing by Sam Holden; editing by Clare Lovell)
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