Federer in awe of Rosol feat
Roger Federer feels Rafael Nadal's loss to unknown Czech player Lukas Rosol on Thursday night was possibly good for the game.
The second seed was a massive favourite to come through the match and march to another Grand Slam final but he lost in five sets in an incredible match on Centre Court.
Nadal has won the title twice already and had been tipped to go all the way this year after his victory at Roland Garros and a superb season to date.
But he fell victim to a lesser-known player playing way above the level his ranking suggests and he will now have to get himself ready for the Olympics and the US Open.
Federer himself survived an almighty scare against 29th seed Julien Benneteau on Friday night before coming through in five sets and the 16-time Grand Slam winner feels the odd shock is not a bad thing in a sport that has become fairly predictable at the top level.
"This is not against Rafa, but it was nice to see it's still possible," he said. "I think 15 years ago you had matches like this so much more often on the faster surfaces, that a guy could catch fire and just run through you.
"Today it's virtually impossible so it was just amazing to see that it was possible."
And the Swiss ace admitted that he watched in awe as Rosol put away the Majorcan in the fifth set with some of the cleanest hitting ever witnessed at SW19.
"Okay, he didn't play like that for five sets, but in the fifth it was just a joke," he added. "I was laughing because of his performance for 10 minutes after that. I couldn't believe that he pulled it off the way he did.
"Of course I do feel bad for Rafa because it's a tough loss."