Nadal battles hard to beat Rosol in Basel

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Nadal battles hard to beat Rosol in Basel

Rafael Nadal came back from a set down to defeat Czech Lukas Rosol 1-6 7-5 7-6 (7-4) on Monday to book a second-round spot at the Swiss Indoors ATP tournament in Basel.

The 29-year-old former world No.1 and 14-time grand slam winner was pushed all the way by world No.92 Rosol and blew a 3-0 lead in the deciding set before finally prevailing in two hours and 16 minutes.

Defending champion Roger Federer, who is chasing a seventh title in his homeland, has reached 11 finals in Basel and has a record of 56-9.

He opens his bid for more home success on Tuesday when he faces Kazakh outsider Mikhail Kukushkin while compatriot and second seed Stan Wawrinka is also in the field and plays Croatian big-server Ivo Karlovic.

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