For the second straight match at Wimbledon, world number one Rafael Nadal dropped the opening set to his opponent.
For the second straight match, Nadal stormed back to take the next three sets to claim victory.
The second-seeded Spaniard came back to beat Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 4-6, 7-6(8-6), 6-4, 6-4 to move into the third-round at the grass court tournament.
The Czech beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012, but Nadal exacted his revenge on Thursday, rallying from behind to advance. He was one point away from facing a two-set deficit before returning a winner that forced a tiebreaker. Rosol then double-faulted twice to give the set to Nadal, and the Spaniard never looked back.
With momentum on his side, he followed up his second set victory by getting a break point early in the third to go up 2-1. He held serve the rest of the way and captured the third set, and reeled off 14 points in a row in the beginning of the fourth to seize control.
“I just wanted to keep fighting and wait for my moment,” said Nadal.
He will now face Mikhail Kukushkin in the third-round after the Kazakhstan native beat Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in his second-round matchup Thursday.
In other action, two seeded Frenchmen saw their tournaments come to an end as 24th seeded Gael Monfils and 13th seeded Richard Gasquet both bowed out early.
Monfils fell to Canadian Jiri Veseley 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-7 (3), 6-4 in a long five-set match that saw three of those sets go to deciding tiebreakers. A quarterfinalist at the French Open two weeks ago, Monfils has never been past the third round at Wimbledon, and exits this year’s tournament in the second.
Australian teenage qualifier Nick Kyrgios beat Gasquet 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 and had to save nine match points in the final set to hold on to victory. The match lasted nearly four hours as the young Australian notched the biggest win of his career.