Darren Cahill has told The Tennis Space that Lukas Rosol’s victory over Rafael Nadal could just have been “a flash in the pan – or maybe that win will allow him to go on to bigger and better things”. “I think that’s the 64,000-dollar question, and it will be answered in his next match. He’s got a lot of game. You don’t pull that sort of game out of the magic hat.” Cahill, who once coached Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt, and who occasionally advises Andy Murray on a consultancy basis, said that the result would not have loaded too much pressure into the Scot’s racket-bag.
Your thoughts on Rosol’s win over Nadal? “I’m not quite sure where to start. I think it surprised everybody, not least Lukas Rosol. Very rarely do you see someone of that ranking, someone who’s been around for a while, come out on the court for a big occasion like that and have the belief and focus and adhere to a game-plan. And stay with that for five sets against one of the greatest players of all time. I give him full credit. He was magnificent in the pressure situations. And even after he had to leave the court between the fourth and fifth sets, when he had to go away and think about things for 40 minutes, he came out and it seemed as though he was even more focused on the job. He was simply magnificent.”
Could Rosol struggle in his next round against Philipp Kohlschreiber? “It’s hard to say. We’ve seen that go both ways. Some players have a great win and come out the next time with so much more belief. He’s got a lot of game. You don’t pull that sort of game out of the magic hat. He can obviously play tennis. It’s just a question of putting that together for a long period of time. Maybe that win will allow him to go on to bigger and better things or maybe it was just a flash in the pan. I think that’s the 64,000-dollar question, and it will be answered in his next match. I would love to see him build on that.”
Did Rosol’s victory blow the bottom half of the draw wide open? “No, it’s just one player. Rafa’s played in a lot of Wimbledon finals, but there are still some great players in this tournament.”
Is there now extra pressure on Murray? “There’s always pressure on Murray, and he handles it extremely well. He plays his best tennis here at Wimbledon. He’s just run into tough guys in the semi-finals, and the last couple of years that’s been Rafa Nadal. So, no doubt, the draw has opened up a little bit for Murray. But he’s got to navigate his way through. And even if he gets to the semi-finals, he could play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. So there are still a bunch of hurdles left.”
Darren Cahill is an analyst for ESPN.