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Nadal-slayer Rosol gets taste of own medicine

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After beating Rafael Nadal on Thursday, Lukas Rosol's Wimbledon miracle was ended in emphatic fashion by 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber on Saturday.

Rosol, the world No. 100, had been so impressive in stunning Nadal under the Centre Court roof on Thursday evening but found Kohlschreiber an althogether tougher prospect, only really getting a handle on the German's game towards the latter stages of their third round contest as he slumped to a 6-2 6-3 7-6(6) defeat.

Nevertheless, as he departed the tournament the Czech received a warm round of applause from the Court 12 crowd for his performance against Nadal - a shock that is unlikely to be quickly forgotten.

Kohlschreiber, meanwhile, will now face Brian Baker in the fourth round, as the American continued his own remarkable adventure at the All England Club with a four-set victory over the mercurial Frenchman Benoit Paire.

Baker, who retired from professional tennis for over five years due to health problems, has made the most of coming through qualification for the SW19 tournament - moving into the last 16 to ensure he will be ranked well inside the world's top 100 when the new rankings are announced at the conclusion of the tournament.

The American needed to show all his strength and resolve against the unpredictable Paire, raising the pressure to such an extent that his volatile opponent eventual became the architect of his own downfall.

After splitting the opening two sets the unrelenting Baker picked up the next ten games in a row as Paire invoked the ire of the umpire for a series of angry gestures, a stretch of play that ultimately decided the contest as the American ran out a 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3 winner.

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