Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon but Murray marches on

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Rafa Nadal has suffered the biggest shock of the tournament after being knocked out of Wimbledon by the unseeded Czech Lukas Rosol.

The world number two lost in a five set thriller to the unfancied Roso in what is the tournament’s biggest upset for years.

Nadal’s second round exit is the first time in seven years the high flying Spaniard has failed to make it into the third round of a major tournament.

The victory for Roso was all the more incredible given that he is older than Nadal by one year and his record on the tour had been uninspiring having won only 18 matches in his whole career.

Speaking after his amazing win Rosol called it “a miracle” and added: “He’s a superstar and I’m very sorry for him, but I played unbelievably well.

“Before the match I was thinking to play just three good sets.  But I know that Nadal is only human. Some matches he can turn up in not very good shape.

“I played my best match ever. It means so much for me. It never happened to me before. I was due to play next week in Germany but I want to stay here as long as I can.”

The departure of Nadal opens up that side of the draw to Andy Murray who would have been scheduled to meet the number two seed had both men managed to negotiate their way to the semi-final.

The Scot came through his own match yesterday winning three sets to one against 6ft 10in Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

The Croatian was angry after the match and claimed he was “cheated” after being called up for foot-faults no fewer than eleven times.

Murray will now play Marcos Baghdatis in the third round.