So who exactly is Lukas Rosol, conqueror of Rafael Nadal?

WIMBLEDON

  • Venue: All England Club, London
  • Date: 25 June - 8 July

Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC HD Channel, red button, BBC Radio 5 live, mobiles, tablet and the BBC Sport website

World number 100 Lukas Rosol defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4 in a remarkable match under the centre court roof on Thursday evening.

What they said on Twitter

Lukas Rosol
  • Jimmy Connors:  "In ‪tennis‬ we call Rosol a stopper, he won't win or even go deep in tournament but he will stop a top seed from advancing."
  • BBC tennis pundit Andrew Castle:  "I have rarely seen Rafa so out of sorts...very frustrated. Good for Lukas Rosol. Ranked 100th in the world he has passed every test...so far!"
  • Former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski:  "Biggest Wimbledon shock ever Nadal out, Murray's best chance to get to the final now, his bogey man out, could this be his time?"

BBC Sport takes a closer look at the unheralded Czech player who dumped the Spanish world number two out of the tournament in the second round.

The 26-year-old hails from Brno, the Czech Republic's second largest city.

His career-high ranking is 65, which he achieved in August last year after reaching the quarter-finals of a Challenger tournament in San Marino.

Rosol's first-round win over Ivan Dodig was his first victory at Wimbledon.

It was the first time the Czech has played in the main draw after losing in the first round of qualifying in each of the last five years.

Yet, after play was stopped for more than 40 minutes while the roof was closed, there was no sign of the pressure hindering his hot streak of form.

Instead Rosol surpassed even the standards he had set in the previous four sets.

Thumping winners flowed even faster from his racquet and his serve landed with even greater frequency as he remained resolutely unruffled by the Centre Court clamour around him.

Rosol's fifth-set step-up

Fifth set Match overall

7

Aces

22

83%

First serves

67%

95%

First serve points won

83%

20

Winners

65

2

Unforced errors

29

His previous form gave few hints that Rosol had such a performance within him.

He had never won a match in the main draw at either the Australian Open or the US Open.

His best grand slam performances have come at the French Open where he reached the third round in 2011 and lost to Juan Monaco in the second round last month.

Rosol had never played a professional match on grass before the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club earlier this month, where he beat Victor Hanescu and Marcos Baghdatis and then lost to eventual champion Marin Cilic.

It said something for the standing of Rafael Nadal's conqueror when British player Anne Keothavong told her followers on Twitter: "I had no idea who Lukas Rosol was before this evening but I certainly do now."