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
 R. Federer (SUI) vs M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
Not Before 8:00 pm
E. Gulbis (LAT) vs  J. Isner (USA)
 R. Gasquet (FRA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
You Might Like:
Lukas Rosol Didn’t Beat Rafael Nadal, But He Did Knock Over One Of His Water Bottles! [Video]
Lukas Rosol Seeded At The French Open?
Lukas Rosol: “I Still Can’t Believe It, It’s Like Dream For Me”
According To Andy Murray, Everyone Hates Lukas Rosol [Video]
Roger Federer Returns To Basel For A Sweet 16th Time