Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Del Potro sets up Nadal clash at Wimbledon

Del Potro sets up Nadal clash at Wimbledon

Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2013 after beating Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5).

Just 90 minutes after defending champion Roger Federer was sensationally knocked out by South African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday, it seemed as if the grasscourt major would lose its top two seeds as Argentine Del Potro took a two-sets-to-one lead.

Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Anderson The two-time Wimbledon champion will face Djokovic, a three-time victor at the All England Club, for a place in Sunday's final. Del Potro, however, opening his shoulders with his feared forehand and blasting a victor that left Nadal gasping on the baseline - and a set down just short of three hours.

The Spaniard hit back immediately though and sealed victory on his third match point when Vesely served at 4-5.

The Argentinian saved two break points in game eight but he fell short just before the tie break, allowing Nadal to convert a break point in game 12 for a 7-5.

The two-time victor will meet Novak Djokovic in the last four on Friday.

But Nadal was first to break in the deciding set and he built a 5-3 advantage with a looped forehand victor before confirming his final four place with a volley after four hours and 48 minutes.

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"I do think that towards the end of the match there was a certain dampness in the sections where there was still grass, nearer the net, when the humidity drops", Nadal explained in his Spanish language press conference.

Nadal soon returned the favour with a break of his own, before another hold left Del Potro rattled.

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.

Nadal maintained his typically aggressive approach and was leaping while punching the air after a blistering return whistled past Vesely to put him a break up at 3-2 in the second set.

"Rafa is a fighter".

Isner has yet to be broken at this year's tournament and saved the only break point he faced.

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