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Nadal rallies against Rosol to avenge 2012 upset

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during the men's singles match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during the men's singles match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
LONDON -

Rafael Nadal was one point away from falling behind by two sets before rallying Thursday to beat Lukas Rosol, the Czech player who knocked him out at Wimbledon in the same round and on the same court two years ago.

The top-ranked Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, raised his game just in time to avoid falling into a deep hole, rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4 victory on Centre Court to advance to the third round.

The hard-hitting, 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Rosol had a chance to go up two sets to love when he had a set point at 6-5 in the second-set tiebreaker. But Nadal saved it with a forehand winner and Rosol double-faulted two points later to give the Spaniard the set.

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