Nadal Sets Up Wimbledon Semi-Final Clash With Djokovic

Rafa always has a little bit more than the rest of the players on tour,’ says Del Potro

Rafa always has a little bit more than the rest of the players on tour,’ says Del Potro

2009 U.S. Open champion Del Potro defeated Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5) in a match that was carried over to Tuesday to complete the men's quarterfinal lineup at the All England Club.

Before Del Potro and Nadal arrive on Centre Court, three-time champion Novak Djokovic, will get the chance he's been waiting for.

Del Potro took advantage of a loose game from Nadal to serve for the set in the second only for the Spaniard to break back, and he looked sure to move two sets ahead when he opened up his big lead in the tie-break.

Nadal ended the four hour and 48 minute thriller with a backhand volley victor past a lunging Del Potro who ended the contest lying flat on his stomach.

Juan Martin Del Potro smashed what seemed like a certain victor with an overhead volley but his heart would have been in his mouth when he saw Rafael Nadal scrambling to reach it.

The Argentine was in danger of being dragged into a fifth set when he squandered four match points, one with a double-fault, at 5-4 having hit back from 1-3 down. Del Potro, who sprayed his once pained wrist with a powder on most changeovers, had new shoes brought to him after the seventh game of the fourth set.

In a beginning that did not really hint of the drama to come, Nadal cracked his resistance after a string of long, close rallies and he was up and running with the first set under his belt. Nadal took him to deuce but couldn't nail the break and they went to the shootout, where, against all likelihood, Nadal double-faulted on set point.

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"Against Rafa", del Potro said, "you must go for winners all the time". After almost five hours on court, his immensely talented opponent was still capable of hurling down thunderbolts.

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray called the clash between the second and fifth seeds the match of the tournament and after four hours and 47 minutes of sensational tennis, we would have to agree with the Scot. I don't want to stop here.

However, the second seed broke midway through the final set and held his nerve from there to set up his sixth Wimbledon semi-final.

A jubilant Anderson said: "I just said to myself, "Today is going to be my day".

The other semi-final will pit two-time champion Nadal against three-time victor Djokovic.

But leave they must and so the Argentine will watch the semi-finals and finals from elsewhere.

"I think I will be in good condition". "But Rafa came to me and we shared a big hug, and it was kind of him".

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