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Nadal through after scare

Rafael Nadal avoided a repeat of his shock 2012 exit from Wimbledon as he clinched a 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-4 win over Lukas Rosol.

Rosol eliminated Nadal in the second round two years ago and looked as though he could be on course for a repeat result in 2014.

But the two-time champion fought back from a sluggish start to eventually book his place in the last 32 at the All England Club.

Rosol was up a set and a break at one point and also had a point to go two sets up, but once the world No 1 was back on level terms he rarely looked threatened.

"I tried to keep fighting and to wait for my moment," Nadal said after the match.

"At 4-3 down (in the second set) I did some amazing returns, and that was very important because it would be very difficult to be two sets down with his big service."

He added in reference to his loss two years ago: "I never play for revenge. Every match is a different match. My goal is not to beat Rosol but to play as well as I can in the tournament."