Nadal to face Djokovic after Del Potro Wimbledon epic

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

"I felt good. Sure it is disappointing losing the next two sets after winning the first two and having match point but I've been there and I know what kind of energy I need to bring in the fifth and I was able to bring that".

With world number one Rafael Nadal waiting for the victor, Tuesday's fourth set, played in much cooler conditions than the first three the day before, turned into a mini-epic before Del Potro eventually prevailed 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5) 5-7 7-6 (5).

He eventually finished off world number 53 Simon in the match's third tiebreak to move into his second Wimbledon quarter-final where twice champion Nadal is waiting.

Former US Open champion Del Potro then stunned the Spaniard with the only break of the third set in the 10th game, secured with a deep forehand. I tried to resist and maintain focus. He played very smart point.

Rafael Nadal avoided joining Roger Federer in a shock Wimbledon exit as he booked a glamorous semi-final clash with old foe Novak Djokovic.

Nadal ended the four-hour-and-48-minute thriller with a backhand volley victor past a lunging Del Potro who ended the contest lying flat on his stomach.

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Del Potro will have to be firing on all cylinders though - something he was clearly not doing against Simon in cooler conditions on Tuesday as he made a meal of the fourth set.

Closing in on a two-love lead, Nadal double faulted on set point and Del Potro reacted quickly to level the tie.

Simon saved a fourth match point when he threw the kitchen sink at a forehand return and he eventually took his fourth break point to level at 5-5.

On match point, he serve-and-volleyed into Del Potro's backhand but had an open court in which to play the victor after his opponent slipped behind the baseline.

"After nearly five hours match, I fell down. It's a big chance for me to face Rafa tomorrow".

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