Wimbledon 2018 -- Juan Martin del Potro reaches quarterfinals

Florence Fletcher
July 12, 2018

A potential route to the final consists of Juan Martin Del Potro then Novak Djokovic, although there is an omen in Nadal always making the last two here once getting to the quarters.

Del Potro trailed 1-3 but at 5-5 he fired down a swinging ace to reach match point number five and this time Simon cracked, netting a backhand to the relief of the Argetine who roared his approval.

Del Potro threw everything he could at Nadal in a pulsating match and even conjured the shot of the tournament as he acrobatically dived to his right to hit a fizzing forehand volley that ended a spellbinding 23-shot rally. Visily broke Nadal midway through to provoke familiar concerns that a turnaround could strike but Nadal broke back immediately and sealed victory with his third match point to triumph 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

'I am very happy the way that I survived a lot of important points in that fifth set.

Victory secured, Nadal climbed over the net and ran over to the baseline to help the distraught Del Potro back to his feet.

Nadal wasted a fourth chance at 7-6, before letting 2009 U.S. Open champion del Potro grab three points in a row for that set.

Del Potro finished with 77 winners to Nadal's 67 but failed to convert any of his five break points in the fifth set.

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In the next set, Del Potro broke and served for the set at 5-4, but double-faulted and Nadal clinched the break-back with a forehand victor down the line for the second set to be decided by a tiebreaker.

Just 90 minutes after defending champion Roger Federer was sensationally knocked out by South African Kevin Anderson, it seemed as if the grasscourt major would lose its top two seeds on the same day as Del Potro took a two-sets-to-one lead.

"Rafa is a fighter".

The powerful Vesely broke for a 3-2 lead when a rare Nadal forehand error drew gasps of surprise from the crowd.

"In the end the court was a little bit slippery because the sun goes out and it was humid on the grass", Del Potro added.

Isner has yet to be broken at this year's tournament and saved the only break point he faced on Wednesday.

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