Rafael Nadal: Unfathomable Loss to Lukas Rosol Is Exactly What Wimbledon Needs

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his Gentlemen's Singles second round match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Lukas Rosol slammed the door shut on Rafael Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon and rocked the tennis world to its core in the best way possible.

Rosol gained a slew of fans en route to his 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win over Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon—many of them his fellow competitors, who have to be elated that they won't be seeing Rafa at any point in the tournament.

The shocking defeat has blown the Wimbledon bracket wide open, and while some may think it's a huge blow to the quality of the tournament, the overall excitement of the major has gone through the roof.

Nadal is a Wimbledon legend. He's been in the final five times since 2006, and it's been wonderful watching him play at such a high level.

Even so, a wide-open bracket is exactly what tennis so desperately needs right now. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Nadal dominate tennis in such a way that play doesn't become must-see TV until the semifinals.

Every once in a while an underdog will make a deep run, just as Tomáš Berdych did in 2010 when he cracked the final. This year, Rosol has all but guaranteed that we'll see an underdog emerge in similar fashion this time around.

Suddenly, Andy Murray is in prime position to waltz through his side of the bracket and compete for his first Grand Slam title. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish are both looking at a semifinals spot that is up for grabs. Unknown players have seen that nobody in the tournament is invincible and one match can change everything.

This tournament is anyone's for the taking, and everybody knows it. While Djokovic and Federer are still alive and well, Nadal's loss so early in the tournament has added an intrigue that has been lacking in years past.

Players like Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Federer and Nadal have shown off their mastery at Wimbledon, and there is something special about watching players of their caliber dominate a tournament. However, there is something equally spectacular about a truly wide-open bracket.

Rosol's win over Nadal not only created an electric atmosphere during the match, it sent shock waves through the tennis world.

A win of this nature upsets the balance of the tournament, and the tennis world should embrace it.