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Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

Nadal resisted the big heart and forehand of Del Potro in a classic to set up what could be another match to savour in the semi-finals against Novak Djokovic.

"It was a very emotional match. great quality tennis, especially in the last set there were some incredible points".

None of his opening four opponents were ranked inside the world top 50, meaning he faced a huge jump in class against world number four Juan Martin del Potro in Wednesday's semi-final.

Shattered, and defeated, having had victory in his grasp, the 29-year-old Argentinean collapsed to the ground, only for Nadal, to cross the net and go comfort the man he first played 11 years ago. "It's a day to be happy". Simon failed to convert a break point, then a third match point for Del Potro ended with him netting a forehand.

"Rafa is a fighter", del Potro said.

As Nadal looks ahead to the semi-finals, Del Potro heads for his next tournament.

But the same goes for the 32-year-old Anderson, who also reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal, and now semifinal, this week.

"I think I will be in good condition". The only negative thing is I played nearly five hours, and I had the chance maybe to play less winning that second set. "I don't want to stop here". I'd guess that Rafa will have more self-belief than Djokovic in the early going.

The powerful Argentinian has won five of his 15 matches against Nadal but lost to the world number one at two of the last three slams.




It was not as if Nadal was playing badly.

It was as if that out-of-the-blue news threw the Spaniard off his stride and he fluffed his lines to drop his serve.

One of those was on double fault in the tiebreak and the giant Argentine pounced to level the tie.

After two years of physical and mental struggles, Djokovic appears fit and confident and ready to try to add to his tally of 12 grand slam titles.

But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they chased after blinding winners.

Del Potro suffered more heartbreak after losing to Nadal in the semifinals at Roland Garros last month, his 52 unforced errors proving to be costly as the Spaniard claimed the only break in a pulsating final set.

Anderson became the first South African in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Kevin Curren in 1983 and just the sixth in history. "Friday is another important match against an opponent that is one of the most hard ones that you can face".

Djokovic leads 26-25 in their head-to-head, dominating in recent times with seven victories in the past nine matches.