Rafael Nadal Topples Juan Martin Del Potro to Advance at 2018 Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal Topples Juan Martin Del Potro to Advance at 2018 Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal Topples Juan Martin Del Potro to Advance at 2018 Wimbledon

"This photo says it all", wrote Juan Martin del Potro on his Instagram page.

In one epic 14-point game early in the deciding set, such was the desperation of both combatants that del Potro twice left the ground trying to retrieve balls at the net before Nadal went hurtling over a barrier, into the stands and onto jaw-dropping spectators' laps.

Djokovic and Nishikori will play the first match on Centre Court, followed by arguably the pick of the quarter-finals between Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, meaning Federer must make a rare visit to Court One. In a four-set match that went on for two hours and 35 minutes, the 12-time Grand Slam title victor, and three-time Wimbledon champion, was in control despite dropping the second set. The two will play at Wimbledon on Friday for the third time, with their record an even 1-1.

Like Federer and Anderson, Nadal and del Potro Nadal slugged it out for more than four pulsating hours before Spain's 17-times major victor finally landed the knockout punch. "I tried to resist and maintain focus".

Nadal's reward is a place in the 28th Grand Slam semi-final of his career, and a 52nd showdown with long-time rival Novak Djokovic.

A sluggish start to the year saw him written off in many parts, but the scintillating tennis he's played on the grass suggests the three-time Wimbledon champion is ready to dominate the sport once more.

Del Potro will have to be firing on all cylinders though - something he was clearly not doing against Simon in cooler conditions on Tuesday as he made a meal of the fourth set. Of course, have been an emotional match.

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.

Simon saved a fourth match point when he threw the kitchen sink at a forehand return and he eventually took his fourth break point to level at 5-5.

Nadal, meanwhile, is appearing in his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011.

"By the end I thought I did a great job not thinking about what was happening". My body feels okay. It is always a big test. He played for a lot of time in tense situations, which helps.' About Djokovic, Roig finally said: 'He is getting to his level. I know in the semi-finals of Wimbledon you will not have an easy opponent. "If I keep going here, maybe I can squash that".

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Add in Nadal, 32, and Djokovic, 31, and it's the first time in the half-century of professional tennis that all four male semifinalists at any Slam are in their 30s. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said. He's playing well. Only way to try to win it is play very well.

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