Rafael Nadal Escapes Lukas Rosol Upset Bid In Basel; Roger Federer Returns Tuesday
by Staff | October 26th, 2015, 10:00 pm
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Rafael Nadal overcame some dire odds Monday in his Basel opener. Playing the fearless Lukas Rosol who stunned the Spaniard at Wimbledon in 2012, Nadal found himself down a set and a break, and later just two points from the loss with Rosol serving for the match in the second.

Rafa fought back, as he often does, but like he has done much of this dismal season, he blew a break lead in the final set letting the Czech back in as Rosol’s complaining over the serve time rule irked the former No. 1.

Rosol forced the final breaker and led 4-2. But he wouldn’t win another point as Nadal escaped 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(4).

“It was a very tough match emotionally,” said Nadal. “At the same time, it’s a great victory. It’s important for me to have these kinds of comebacks. I’ve been in these situations more times than I would like this year, so I’m happy to win a match like this.

“It was tough for me to get into the match,” he added. “It was a little bit of everything. A little bit of luck, a little bit of belief, to keep fighting for this match. That’s what I did.”

Next for Nadal will be either Grigor Dimitrov or Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday.

Donald Young and Dominic Thiem were also winners on Monday. Tomorrow, 6-time champion Roger Federer returns to his home event to face Mikhail Kukushkin.

TUESDAY BASEL SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
M. Lopez (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) vs B. Coric (CRO) / V. Troicki (SRB)

Not Before 4:00 pm
S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs M. Kukushkin (KAZ)

Not Before 8:00 pm
E. Gulbis (LAT) vs [6] J. Isner (USA)
[5] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)


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42 Comments for Rafael Nadal Escapes Lukas Rosol Upset Bid In Basel; Roger Federer Returns Tuesday

Gypsy Gal Says:

Off topic,but Rafas auctioning his watch,donating the proceeds to those suffering from Muscular Dystrophy,a very noteworthy cause,but as its positive Rafa news,i wouldnt expect anyone to be remotely interested anyway….


tutti Says:

^
I sometimes come here and read. Ist this the same poster that always say they dont care about charity work and stuf? Go out the way to say they only care about Tennis? Maybe she/he crazy? Double standard! Lustig!!!!


jane Says:

gypsy that’s nice of him. although i thought you didnt like it when celebs/tennis players did charity stuff?


Ben Pronin Says:

Federer hair > Nadal hair.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jane the thing i dont like is the too much much fawning which goes with it, sometimes like we should all be forever patting them on the back with the foundations by going on and on about it,i just thought it was a nice change to hear some positive Rafa news ,as there aint be much of that this year its been in short supply,and people only want to talk negativily about him ,i wasnt trying to be selective,when its other players i do always say its great,fantastic etc,i just dont beat these things to the ground as the world is full of unsung heroes….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Ben whos cares?Federer fans will say Federer,Rafa fans will say Rafa,all rather petty to be honest….


RZ Says:

@Ben – I remember after one of his many losses to Fed, Andy Roddick was asked whether he could think of anything negative to say about him. Roddick’s response was “Well, he cut his hair. That’s all we had going for us before.”

Also, one of my friends who is a huge Rafa fan once texted me during a Fedal match to comment that Fed has beautiful hair.


Gypsy Gal Says:

The hair,the eyes,the teeth,the smile, the way they where a suit,the endorsements,their girlfriends/wives etc etc,people will always find a way to pull one to bits in favour of the other,i dont know why people cant just let these people simply play their tennis….


jatin Says:

Great start by roger. Loved those flashy serves and forehands
3-0


jatin Says:

Hii gypsy gal :)
How are you these days ?


jatin Says:

Fed on fire


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t see how fandom matters. Federer hair > Murray, Djokovic, and Nadal hair combined.


jatin Says:

Just love to see fed playing like this.
6-1 in 21 minutes


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin yeah good thanks,been away celebrating the Winter Solstice for a few weeks ;)….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sorry few days not weeks….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Roger has great hair all over his head,as they all do,whatever….


jatin Says:

SABRRR baby…. That’s more like it roger.
5-2


jatin Says:

Gypsy
Your name definitely suits you with the way you live your life. So cool :)


jatin Says:

It was masterclass from roger. Had a bit of everything from drop volley’s, clutch serving, simple volley games along with a massive forehand and a clicking backhand, the last SABR attack was just icing on the cake.

Just opponenet. Jerzy janowicz.. A tough player to deal with


jatin Says:

Next opponent I mean


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin im the Gypsy Gal,and the Hippy Chick either way both names suit my real life persona,sorry please excuse my irritation in my earlier posts though,Roger could be bald and would still be playing tennis of that calibre doesnt matter….


jatin Says:

Doesn’t matter gypsy gal.
That hair topic was rather interesting and unique to be totally honest.
I used to like Roger of 2006-07 hair when I wasn’t even his fan or know about him much or even watch tennis for that matter.
Oh and btw. It was nice seeing rafa donating


tutti Says:

Nadal hair look Bad! He must US conditior. Looks thinn. Lol say it looks good lie. I think Nadal ein match is good news? Why pepl say is not good news? Komisch!


tutti Says:

Kerestasi is a good schampo. Maybe Fans schick him ein.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin true and fair enough,i just sometimes get irritated with comparisons better this,better that,Vin Diesels bald yet the guy is smoking hot lol,anyway glad your here,i enjoy reading your posts ;)….


elina Says:

Federer hair > Nadal hair because goat hair is not as attractive.

So have to agree with Ben on that one I’m afraid.


J-Kath Says:

Hi Gypsy – Who can grow the best moustache – is the real burning question…..
…..will route for Rafa next match …don’t know who that is – will go look it up….been one of those days for me – guess I’ll sleep well tonight.


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath lol,Rafa plays Dimitrov i believe,dont know what to expect on that one,both are a bit flaky at the moment….


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal gonna spank Dimitrov the way he spanked Wawrinka.

I would think Novak is probably the most capable of having a super thick beard and mustache. Not sure any of them would look good with just a mustache, though. I think most guys look like creepers, unless you’re Tom Selleck.


J-Kath Says:

Rest easy GG – Nadal will win – got the bit between his teeth now.

Ben – yes, Novak and facial hair! Has enviable strong, strong, trouble-free hair – but I don’t think he’d suit facial – I think it needs a Stan W. to carry it off properly – a bit more macho in my humble opinion.

Among those who should shave regularly is wee Andy Murray – he just looks scruffy with facial hair – why do men think they are more attractive with facial hair, I wonder? — surely Samson and Delihah wrote the script?


jatin Says:

Gypsy gal
I am glad you enjoy reading my posts. I never thought someone would, as they are very limited in nature.
I knew you often get irritated but I always enjoy reading you guys posts in free time as I often get lost in programming and my projects :)


purcell Says:

When Federer went to Malawi a few months ago, one of several visits to African countries he’s made to find out how well his foundation is working, there was a collective huff and puff on this site, inspired by accusations of ‘fawning’. Double standards? Surely not.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Purcell i dont wish to be enticed into yet another quarell with you,its fantastic that they all do the foundation thing for the greater good of mankind etc,and i did say it at the time,and i have had Colin,Grendel and Margot on the same page,the actuall point i was making was Nadal headlines this year have not been very positive ones as i pointed out in my post to Jane earlier in the thread,but i didnt go on and on about it….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin many thanks,my posts are sporadic these days,as i have a Diploma course that i need to get through,studying for a NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care,my posts too are quite basic and limited in nature,i dont really set out to be provocative,ive been accused of been a secret Fed fan,a secret Novak fan by fellow Nadal fans just because ive said nice things about these guys,and not a true Nadal fan because i dont think hes perfect,and hell yeah he says and does things that get up even my nose sometimes,ive also been called a hater because ive critiqued them too,so you wont win either way,all i am is honest,and you cant be more than that….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Tutti@10.35am October 27th,you should read my reply to Jane which was underneath your post,anyway i am female as in Gypsy Gal,but the rest you were right about,especially the crazy bit suffering from depression now for a number of years now,its about time i was sectioned….


Purcell Says:

GG: like Jane and tutti, I stated my case but I also backed it up. What’s all this about being enticed into another quarrel? What other quarrel? I’ll repeat…….double standards. And on the other thread, you’re quite determined to accuse the Basel crowds of unseemly behaviour and support. As well as Federer, Nadal and the other players have had enthusiastic receptions and support.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Purcell i have actually said numerous times about Nadal and the foundation thing too,so im not been selective just because its Nadal,i just thought some positive Nadal headlines were a nice change is all,and that was the point i was making,and i will repeat i also said it was great about the Malawi charity too at the time….

About the Basel crowd,you didnt actually here me say other players dont get enthusiastic support did you,as i said to Jalep Fedal are both loved wherever they go,i just thought i heard someone calling out during the match which may have put Phil off is all,doesnt matter Fed won anyway,and good luck to him hes an amazing player,i dont know if you think i hate Roger,but if you do theres not much i can do about that,only to say i dont,and ive had fellow Nadal fans accuse me of been a secret fan,so you wont win either way?

Tutti was rather rude to me calling me crazy,to which i gave back a sarcastic reply because i thought that bit was rather rude and uncalled for,but i guess you didnt notice about that bit?go figure….

Anyway i wont post anymore when anything charity wise comes up,even if i have had other posters on the same page,it aint worth the agro,PEACE….


Gypsy Gal Says:

^BTW Whats a lustig?^….


Wog Boy Says:

GG,

“Lustig” is German for “funny”


Gypsy Gal Says:

Many thanks Wogboy,so im crazy and funny,but i always knew that anyway ;)….


Margot Says:

@Kath
Designer stubble is the only way for men to go ;)

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