Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will renew rivalry in Wimbledon semi-finals

Florence Fletcher
July 13, 2018

Rafale Nadal needed five sets to beat Juan Martin del Potro at 2018 Wimbledon on Wednesday and advance to the semi-finals.

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I just kept on telling myself I have to keep believing.

That blip was enough for Nadal, chasing an 18th Grand Slam title, to surrender his first set of the championships.

In yesterday's quarter-final match-ups, both players had very different matches.

For Del Potro, who dived, tumbled and slipped as he tried to contain the two-time Wimbledon champion it was an 11th defeat in 16 meetings with the Spaniard.

"I think it was great quality tennis, the final set was there were some awesome points". I'm really happy for you. "Physically I'm OK. That gives me confidence to keep going in the future".

"Wow, it's pretty incredible", Goerges said. Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon will be one that I remember, especially in such a close match. It's never easy playing a friend.

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That mishap could not stop Nadal from reaching his sixth Wimbledon semi-final and he celebrated the moment by raising both arms up into the skies after four hours and 48 minutes of thrilling action. "But every match starts from zero".

The South African has only ever reached a Grand Slam final once in his career - the 2017 US Open final where he lost in straight sets to Nadal.

While Djokovic saw through Kei Nishikori with relative ease, winning the match in 4 sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, Nadal played one of the best matches of the season so far as he prevailed in 5 sets over Juan Martin Del Potro, winning the match 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in over four hours. It had a little of everything, great points, great rallies, he was hitting insane with his forehands.

He eventually finished off the world No.53 in the third tiebreak to move into his second Wimbledon quarter-final where twice champion Nadal is waiting.

Del Potro fought back, but Nadal held again after the former wasted a break point.

A tired Del Potro, a semi-finalist in 2013, finished with 33 aces and 77 winners but even those impressive statistics were not enough.

Nadal saved three break points before an imperious forehand victor put him 5-3 up and he put away a simple volley to finally finish off Del Potro, then made his way around the net to embrace his tired opponent as he lay on the court following another tumble.

World number one Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at the All England Club, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

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