“If you put a million on red yesterday, it was there every single time,” Stepanek said. “He was just swinging, swinging, and, you know, it was very impressive.”
A little more than 12 hours after pulling off as shocking a result as tennis has seen in years, Rosol was back in action, albeit under far different circumstances.
Instead of the tournament’s 14,979-capacity main arena, Rosol was a short walk away at 318-seat Court 15. Instead of facing 11-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in singles, Rosol teamed with Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan against James Cerretani of the United States and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France in a second-round doubles match between unseeded pairs.
Normally, a matchup like theirs might be watched by friends, family and some fans mainly interested in a place to sit. Given Rosol’s newfound notoriety, though, the place was standing-room only; some spectators sought out spots at adjacent Court 14 and watched from there as Rosol and Kukushkin lost in five sets.
“I’m curious to see how he’s going to play tomorrow. … To me, he looked a little bit arrogant out there, so I wonder how he’ll react in his next match, if he can stay grounded,” Clijsters said. “You can beat Nadal, but if you lose the next round. …”
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