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Nadal prepared for battle as he meets Rosol again

Spain's Rafael Nadal in action against Slovakia's Martin Klizan

Spain's Rafael Nadal in action against Slovakia's Martin Klizan

World number one Rafael Nadal maintains he will not let the disappointment of his 2012 Wimbledon defeat to Lukas Rosol cloud his focus for when they meet again in the second round this week.

Nadal recovered from what was a spirited opening attack by Martin Klizan, ranked some 50 places below the French Open champion, to close out a 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 win on Centre Court.

The victory in just shy of three hours set up another showdown with Czech Rosol, who beat Frenchman Benoit Paire on Tuesday.

Rosol recorded a shock five-set win over Nadal at the same stage two years ago, but the Spaniard insists that clash will have no bearing on preparations for tomorrow’s encounter.

Nadal said: “I lost because he is a good player, a player that can play very well on this surface.

“He is an aggressive player, and it will be a tough match again.

“I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very well, that is what I am going to try.

“If not, I don’t have chances to be in the third round, but I am going to fight for it.”

Nadal added: “When you are in a match, you are not thinking about what happened last year, two years ago or five years ago.

“When you are in a match, you are thinking about the next point, you are thinking about finding a solution for that match.

“What is past is past. What happened, happened.”

Nadal lost last year in round one to unheralded Belgian Steve Darcis.

 

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