Nadal: Novak will be a tough opponent

Nadal: Novak will be a tough opponent

Nadal: Novak will be a tough opponent

Juan Martin del Potro lay sprawled face down on the slippery and dusty Centre Court turf as Nadal punched away a final backhand volley to seal a 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 win that took him into the semi-finals for the first time since 2011.

"It's my goal is to try to play very well".

Anderson, number eight ranked in the world, came from two sets down to beat the eight-time Wimbledon champion yesterday, and will now face American John Isner in the semi-finals on Friday.

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.

"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is definitely one I'm going to remember".

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, will now face three-time victor Djokovic for the 52nd time with the Serb holding a 26-25 edge. Is one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport.

This will be their first meeting on grass, and Nishikori said: 'I think it's going to be a new game for us.

At 1-all in the fifth, del Potro jumped to his right, rolling along the turf and losing his racket, for a volley victor, and then celebrated by raising both arms.

For the former US Open champion, 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.

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Anderson became the first South African in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Kevin Curren in 1983 and just the sixth in history.

"It was a very emotional match. great quality tennis, especially in the last set there were some wonderful points". Having reached the US Open final previous year, Anderson will also be one-up on Isner in the big-stage experience department.

"But is impossible to win always, even for him (Federer)".

"I've done a lot of things well since I am back from injury".

"A very emotional match". He played for a lot of time in tense situations, which helps.' About Djokovic, Roig finally said: 'He is getting to his level.

The grand slam heavyweights will square off for a record 52nd time on Friday night, but first time at a major since the 2016 French Open quarter-finals.

Beyond dispute, Anderson's ultimate performance and recovery on this occasion was the antithesis of a choker, prompting the unequivocal praise from the usually deceptive and masterly Federer himself that "I could not fool him - he seemed to know what shots I was manufacturing and planning - and that was not a good feeling".

Nadal cannot only level his head-to-head with the Serb, but also join him on three titles at Wimbledon - his first since 2010 - while crucially closing the gap with Roger Federer to just two Slams in the all-time leaderboard.

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