ATP Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal edges del Potro to set Novak Djokovic clash!

Doug Mendoza
July 12, 2018

"Well, at the moment I´m feeling sad after nearly five hours of running and playing this high level against the No. 1 in the world and losing", added Del Potro.

"Sometimes you play your best tennis and it's not enough to beat him", said the teary-eyed Argentine, who has had the misfortune of running into Nadal at the French Open and Wimbledon championships over the past five weeks.

Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in a mouthwatering Wimbledon semifinal after beating Juan Martin del Potro in a Centre Court classic Wednesday.

"In the last set there was a little of everything, great points, great rallies, he was hitting insane with his forehands". 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. "In some ways he deserves to win as well", said Nadal after the breath-taking quarter-final. I tried to resist, maintaining focus.

Del Potro let two break-back points slip in the sixth game and, although his cause looked doomed, he forced Nadal to save three times for 5-3. The set stayed on serve until Del Potro secured the first break point for a 4-3 lead.

The world number one had lost only nine points on serve when, just before the ninth game of the second set, the result of Federer's shock demise was flashed up on the giant on-court scoreboard.

As Nadal battled against Del Potro, it seemed as if the grasscourt major would lose its top two seeds as Argentine Del Potro took a two-sets-to-one lead.

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Del Potro put both hands on his head.

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The second seed, eyeing a third Wimbledon title, with his last triumph at SW19 coming eight years ago, struck 66 winners compared to 77 from Del Potro, who fired down 33 aces in a contest that ebbed and flowed throughout.

Nadal caught Del Potro napping in the fifth game, the big man slipping on the worn baseline dust as he was broken to love.

Then Del Porto managed to hold serve to love, forcing Nadal to serve out the match, which he did, winning it 6-4 to reach his sixth semi-final.

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

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