Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

Djokovic won a routine four-setter against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two hours and 38 minutes, while Nadal battled for just under five hours to somehow get past Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set thriller.

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal outlasted Juan Martin del Porto in a match that lasted almost five hours in the Wimbledon quarterfinals Wednesday in London.

The trio have looked the class of the field so far, dropping just one set between them - won by Kyle Edmund against Djokovic in the third round. It is always a big test.

"I play Los Cabos in Mexico - the beach", he smiled.

Federer squandered a match point and let slip a two-set lead for only the fifth time in his 20-year career as big-serving South African Kevin Anderson notched a famous 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 quarter-final triumph over the eight-times champion.

With the Wimbledon lawns baked and playing more bouncy than usual after a long spell of hot weather in London, it could be the 29-year-old's best chance to stop Nadal's impressive run.

'Friday is another important match against opponent that is one of the most hard ones that you can face, ' he said after beating Del Potro.

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Nadal was a set away from crashing out only a matter of hours after defending champion and favorite Roger Federer had suffered a stunning defeat against Kevin Anderson. While Djokovic holds the edge overall at 26-25, Nadal is 9-4 in Grand Slams against a player at one time considered his nemesis. "He is one of the more complex players that I've ever seen in our sport". I deserve to be here, with the performances I have had.

"Very happy, a very important achievement for me to be back in the semi-finals of Wimbledon".

"But is impossible to win always, even for him (Federer)". The victor will get a chance to play at the biggest stage in tennis.

When the 4 hours, 48 minutes of diving across the grass and leaping into the stands, of slipping and sliding, of so many moments of great tension - and, above all, great tennis - were done, when Rafael Nadal had sealed his Wimbledon quarterfinal victory, the man he edged, Juan Martin del Potro, was face-down at a Centre Court baseline.

"I've done a lot of things well since I am back from injury".

Isner believes the pair's past adds extra intrigue to today's meeting: "For both of us this match-up is especially cool". The most important was pushing forward: The Spaniard went to the net a total of 23 times over the first three sets, and upped that to 24 over the last two, winning the point on 19 of those. So far the four matches have been really, really good for me'.

The grand slam heavyweights will square off for a record 52nd time on Friday night, but first time at a major since the 2016 French Open quarter-finals. I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble'.

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