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Nadal rallies from brink to beat Rosol at Swiss Indoors

/ 02:58 PM October 27, 2015
Spain's Rafael Nadal sattends a news conference at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in  Basel, Switzerland, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal sattends a news conference at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel, Switzerland, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

BASEL, Switzerland — Rafael Nadal rallied from losing positions twice to beat Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Swiss Indoors first round on Monday.

The 69th-ranked Rosol, who beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012, served for the match leading 5-4 in the second set but lost seven straight games.

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Nadal then trailed 3-0 in the decisive tiebreaker before clinching a victory he celebrated with vigorous fist pumps.

“For me it was very difficult to adjust,” said the seventh-seeded Spaniard, who played his first indoor match this season. “I tried to survive in that second set and wait for an opportunity.”

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Earlier, French qualifier Adrian Mannarino, beat Viktor Troicki of Serbia, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), and Austria’s Dominic Thiem beat Dutchman Robin Haase 0-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.

In the late match, Donald Young of the United States beat wild-card entry Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

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