Nadal braced for renewal of Djokovic rivalry

Doug Mendoza
July 15, 2018

But back came the 17-time Grand Slam champion to level the tie before an enthralling final set which was punctuated by great shot-making and spectacular dives and falls by both players.

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

"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.

Juan Martin del Potro is as famous for his calm behavior as much as his booming forehand.

A set littered with one lengthy rally after another, eventually went to Nadal on serve, finally giving him the match. "I tried to resist and maintain focus". "It's a day to be happy".

Simon failed to convert a break point, then a third match point for Del Potro ended with him netting a forehand. "Also, he has a fantastic game".

Del Potro slumped to the floor when defeat was confirmed before Nadal came across the net to console his defeated opponent, with the pair then sharing a warm embrace.

"Rafa is a fighter".

Isner's retort: "I'm taller than him".

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely during their men's singles match, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018.

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"I think I will be in good condition". I don't want to stop here.

"It's always like a big war for me", said Nishikori on facing Djokovic.

A few hours earlier, however, it looked as if it was going to be 32-year-old Nadal who would end up down and out.

There is little doubt that Nadal - who is playing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011 - will provide a big test.

Victory on Wednesday gave Nadal his 11th win in 16 meetings against the fifth seed Del Potro as the Spaniard stayed on course for an 18th Grand Slam title.

But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they chased after blinding winners.

The end looked nigh when Nadal broke for 3-2 in the decider but he tightened up and Del Potro kept hammering his forehand.

"For the rest of the things, great news, semi-finals of Wimbledon again".

It's not often you find a seventeen-time Grand Slam victor in your lap on Centre Court but that is exactly what happened to one (lucky) lady at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

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