Nadal defeats Del Potro in five sets to reach Wimbledon final four

Nadal defeats Del Potro in five sets to reach Wimbledon final four

"It was a very emotional match. great quality tennis, especially in the last set there were some wonderful points". But he blew those three set points, the last with a double-fault he later called "a big mistake".

"Rafa is a fighter", del Potro said.

The Argentine next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal, who has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. I was close to beating him and I couldn't. In some ways he deserves to win as well. After nearly five hours, I fell down.

Del Potro was straining to stay in touch in almost every point, and his gambling instincts drove him to explore the white lines.

The fourth-round match resumed on Tuesday afternoon after bad light had stopped play on Monday with the Argentinian leading by two sets to one.

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.

Soon, Nadal gained the upper hand, shaking off a hard fall onto his back on one point by whipping a cross-court backhand victor on the next to break for a 3-2 lead.


There was a look of glee in Del Potro's sometimes sad eyes, and his lumbering between-points walk had a bit more energy to it. Nadal, struggling to get a solid second serve into hard areas, was de-fanged for long stretches.

John Isner has reached his first Grand Slam semi-final on his 41st appearance.

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 sprinted after blinding winners.

While you were watching the World Cup semi-final last night, and before that, while you were desperately trying to get out of work to go home and watch the World Cup semi-final, there was a day for ages playing out at Wimbledon, featuring, of course, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.

The second seed, eyeing a third Wimbledon title, with his last triumph at SW19 coming eight years ago, struck 66 winners compared to 77 from Del Potro, who fired down 33 aces in a contest that ebbed and flowed throughout.

However, Del Potro was made to pay for a sloppy game when he was serving to secure a tiebreak, netting a backhand to go a set down.

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