Nadal has never hidden the fact that he does not enjoy the unpredictability of the grass at Wimbledon in comparison to the clay courts of Roland Garros.
But, as almost every tennis player who gets the opportunity to grace the hallowed turf of SW19 admits, playing, and winning, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon is something special.
Nadal could, therefore, not hide the his disappointment at losing to Rosol in one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history last summer.
The little known Czech, whose career earnings then stood at £500,000 - some £31.5million less than Nadal - played the best game of his life to defeat the two-time Wimbledon champion in five sets under the Centre Court roof last June.
One of the biggest upsets that the famous venue had seen led to premature talk of Nadal's star fading, but Majorca's most famous sporting export had one simple message in response.
He said: "I'm out. That's all. It's not a tragedy. It's only a tennis match."
It was as near to "keep calm and carry on" - the message put out by the British government during World War Two - as you could get.
Nadal's adoring legion of fans would do anything but keep calm following the next few months, however.
Nadal had to withdraw from the London Olympics - where he was due to carry Spain's flag at the opening ceremony - because of a knee injury that originally flared up at the 2012 French Open.
The same injury kept him out of the US Open and any hope of returning to glory at the Australian Open was dashed by a stomach virus.
February brought some hope for the Spaniard. He made the final of the Chile Open in Vina del Mar but he squandered a one-set lead to lose against the unheralded Argentinian Horacio Zeballos.
Again, there was something of a stiff upper lip in Nadal's response.
"It was a great tournament for me," he said.
"I just need to keep working, practising with hope, motivation and the right attitude to have better sensations every week. I hope it's the beginning of a lot of good things for me."
Nadal was proven right. The following week he brushed aside David Nalbandian to win the Brazil Open.
After wins in Mexico, Indian Wells, Rome, Madrid and Barcelona, Nadal was in peak form by the time he arrived in Paris two weeks ago.
As per usual, he did not disappoint. Nadal dropped two sets on his way to an epic semi-final against Novak Djokovic, which he won 9-7 in the fifth before beating compatriot David Ferrer in the final.
Nadal was typically humble afterwards, thanking his physio and coaching team. "I wouldn't be here without them," he said straight after his record eighth win at Roland Garros last Sunday.
He admits he will have to manage his left knee over the coming weeks so he comes in to Wimbledon playing at the same level as he did in Paris.
Given the sheer brute force he puts in to each of his shots, it is hardly a surprise that his knees are battered even though he has just turned 27.
But doubts remain over Andy Murray's fitness and Nadal has the upper hand over Djokovic after Paris, so tennis fans may be treated to another classic Nadal-Federer final this summer at Wimbledon.