I was shocked today to see that World number 2 and 2 times Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal was sent crashing out in just the 2nd round, losing 3-1 in sets to Czech journeyman and World ranked 100 Lukas Rosol.
Nadal was a huge 1/100 odds on favourite to breeze past Rosol, who has previously never got past the 1st round qualifying stage for Wimbledon.
The Spanish ace was forced in to playing defensively for the majority of the match, but his grit and determination pulled him back to 2-2 in sets. But fair play to the Czech underdog, he held both his serve and his nerve to edge into the 3rd round, disposing of a tennis legend.
So who is this guy Lukas Rosol? Until doing a bit of research I knew absolutely nothing about him…
- The 26 year old Czech is trained by former US Open quarter finalist Ctislav Dosedel.
- He turned pro in 2004
- His highest world ranking was 65 (August 2011)
- Prior to beating Nadal today, his best performance in a slam was making the 3rd round of Roland Garros in 2011
- He has never won an ATP Tour Event
- He is the winner of 12 Challenger events
It’s hard to believe this guy has actually beaten Nadal. Just what needs to go wrong for a player of Nadal’s calibre to lose to such an unfancied opponent.
These are the wonderful mysteries that the world of sport and betting throw up, and the reason why nobody will ever always call it right.
If I was a heavy backer of Nadal today, I’m sure I wouldn’t be writing such a complementary and upbeat blog, but if this type of result teaches you anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.
Further to the article I wrote the other day about Mr Newlife’s £100k bet from the grave, I’m sure the departed gambler will be rubbing his heavenly hands together at Thursday’s shocking result for Rafa Nadal.
Roger Federer takes on Frenchman Julien Benneteau today and is also as short as 1/100 to defeat the world number 32. Surely lightning can’t strike twice in 2 days can it?
I’ll be giving his match a wide berth, just in case!