Lukas Rosol

First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon 2016

June 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The day before the start of Wimbledon. Requests have already started to come in for my annual top five first round upset picks at SW19. After two successive years of 1-4 records in the prognosticating business I thought I’d give it a rest. Popular demand dictates that I can’t. […]

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Gerasimov Beats Lacko to Win Maiden Title at Bratislava Challenger

November 15, 2015

Belarusian Egor Gerasimov won his maiden ATP Challenger title earlier today, defeating No. 4 seed Lukas Lacko 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5) in the final of the Bratislava Challenger. It was quite a week for the 23-year-old Gerasimov, who won three qualifying-round matches and then defeated three seeded players, including top seed Lukas Rosol, en route […]

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Rosol Edges Brands at Bratislava Challenger

November 11, 2015

Yesterday’s first-round matchup between top seed Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic and German Daniel Brands at the Bratislava Challenger portended to be a slam-bam affair. Both players stand 6-foot-5, serve big and hold nothing back. Rosol and Brands didn’t disappoint. The Czech prevailed 7-6 (14), 6-3 in a battle featuring laser-like ground strokes, blistering […]

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Nadal Survives Rosol Upset Bid at Basel

October 26, 2015

It was shades of Wimbledon 2012, only this time Rafael Nadal scraped himself off the canvas, steadied himself and rallied to defeat hard-hitting Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic. Nadal prevailed Monday night in the pair’s first round clash at the Swiss Indoors Basel, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4), but it sure wasn’t easy. Rosol stunned […]

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Brown Topples Nadal at Wimbledon

July 2, 2015

German qualifier Dustin Brown, who until today had never stepped foot on Centre Court at the All England Club, pulled off the biggest shocker of the week so far at Wimbledon, ousting No. 10 seed and two-time champion Rafael Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a late afternoon second-round clash. The 30-year-old German journeyman, ranked […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon

June 22, 2014

Early round upsets aren’t all that unusual at Wimbledon, which opens its two-week run tomorrow. Last year, Rafael Nadal, fresh off his eighth French Open title, was bounced in the opening round by unheralded Steve Darcis of Belgium. Roger Federer fell several days later in a second-round upset at the hands of Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. […]

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First-Time Winners Flourish on ATP Tour in 2013

December 13, 2013

Nicolas Mahut (left) and Fabio Fognini (right) led a group of eight first-time ATP Tour titlists in 2013. It was the year of the newbies. Last year there was just one maiden winner. Not content with their first victories, and perhaps still en fuego at the time, Mahut and Fognini won second career titles in […]

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Sugita Beats Groth in Dunlop World Challenge Semifinals

November 23, 2013

Japan’s Yuichi Sugita defeated Aussie Sam Groth (above) 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the semifinals of the Dunlop World Challenge at Toyota, Japan, Saturday afternoon. The No. 4 seed Sugita will meet top-seeded Matt Ebden, also of Australia, in tomorrow’s season-ending final. For Groth it was the conclusion of a grueling four-week stretch of back-to-back-to-back-to-back tournaments, […]

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Nadal Goes for Eight at French Open

May 26, 2013

It’s springtime in Paris. Strolls along the Seine. Cafe and baguettes. Roland Garros and terre battue. And the most physically demanding tournament of the four tennis majors. Welcome to the French Open, which starts today. Defending champion and seven-time title holder Rafael Nadal, winner of six tournaments and 36 of 38 matches this year, is […]

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Top Three Men’s Tennis Matches of 2012

December 30, 2012

Time to flip the last page on the calendar tomorrow. So some thoughts on the three best matches of 2012 as the year is about to expire. The choices weren’t easy since there were clearly more than three that merited top accolades. In reality I had to halve six, which was reduced from at least […]

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