Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal Braced For 'Complex' Novak Djokovic In 52nd Meeting

Rex Christensen
July 13, 2018

Earlier this week Andy Murray said that Novak Djokovic could defeat both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Nadal and Djokovic meet for the 52nd time.

Along the way, they have fought out a series of classic and epic battles including Djokovic's 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5 Australian Open final victory in 2012.

On the other side of the draw, Nadal and Djokovic have been thrown together in a showpiece semi-final, a re-run of the 2011 final which the Serb won in four sets.

Like I said, he was playing good tennis.

The Serbian is playing his best tennis for two years as he appears to have finally put injuries and poor form behind him.

Spain's Nadal and Serbia's Djokovic have won 29 Grand Slam titles between them, including five previous victories at SW19.

Del Potro was thrashed by the Spaniard in the French Open semi-finals last month but feels his game matches up better against the No.1 on grass despite losing their only two meetings on the surface.

This time a year ago, few would have expected to see either man back in the last-four at the All England Club.

Del Potro finished with 77 winners to Nadal's 67 but could not convert any of his five break points in the fifth set.

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On four of his previous five visits to south-west London, he had been defeated by players outside the top 100.

"Anything could happen, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".

"I will try to hold my service games most of the time".

The action has continued from the Wimbledon quarter-finals with Germany's Julia Goerges beating a close friend to make the first semi-final of her career, while Juan Martin del Potro resumed his rain-interrupted match to set up a showdown with Rafael Nadal.

But just as a record-extending 44th grand slam semi-final appearance beckoned, Federer blinked - and eighth-seeded Anderson seized the moment.

Djokovic will need all that belief, however, as he has not faced anything yet at Wimbledon of the level of Nadal.

However, both men have grown into the tournament while Federer crashed out to big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

Their clash, however, may not be easy on the eye.

The 13th-seeded Raonic has hit 117 aces en route to his fourth last-eight showing at the All England Club.

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