Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro celebrates winning his the fourth round match against France's Gilles Simon.

While the Federer exit, to South African Kevin Anderson, losing 13-11 in the final set, is what will sadden most viewers and grab what there are of tennis headlines today, Nadal coming from two sets to one down against perennial almost man Juan Martin Del Potro produced perhaps the most unbelievable tennis of the day, and definitely the moment of the tournament.

The victor will play either John Isner or Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final. But [Djokovic] is playing good again.

A sprightly Nadal went on the front foot to turn the tide in the fourth, Del Potro twice hitting the deck as he was broken to love to trail 3-2 and while he saved two set points behind his powerful serve, the 11-time French Open champion was jumping for joy after a searing backhand victor made sure the match would go all the way.

Germany's Julia Goerges apologised after beating close friend Kiki Bertens to progress to the first semi-final of her career at Wimbledon.

Nadal, 32, and Djokovic, 31, meet in a highly anticipated Wimbledon semi-final at about 16:30 BST on Friday.

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

Nadal has 17 while Djokovic has stalled on 12 since completing the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2016.


It was not as if Nadal was playing badly as he had lost only nine points on serve before heading into the ninth game of the second set.But just before that game started, Federer's shock demise was flashed up on the giant on-court scoreboard and it was as if that threw the Spaniard off his stride and he fluffed his lines to drop his serve.

The Argentine next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal, who has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

Prediction Rafael Nadal to win 3-1.

The Majorcan, who is the world number one but seeded second at Wimbledon, looked refreshed as he breezed through his opening four matches without dropping a set.

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

"I said at the beginning of the tournament, getting through to the quarters was a big goal of mine", he said. "If I want to beat him, I have to come to the net very often and play hard with my forehands, with my backhands". "That's all I got for you right now".

"With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot".

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