Wimbledon 2018 -- Juan Martin del Potro reaches quarterfinals

Wimbledon 2018 -- Juan Martin del Potro reaches quarterfinals

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal outlasted Juan Martin del Porto in a match that lasted almost five hours in the Wimbledon quarterfinals Wednesday in London.

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. "He is one of the more complex players that I've ever seen in our sport".

"I will try to hold my service games most of the time. But Rafa came to me and we shared a big hug, and it was kind of him".

The 17-time Grand Slam champion was not to be denied a place in the semis, though, coming through a monumental battle with the fifth seed to win 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in four hours and 47 minutes.

But, for all that Isner is on a high, literally and figuratively, Anderson's win over Federer could be the key to this match.

His confidence buoyed, Isner overwhelmed Milos Raonic on Wednesday to reach his maiden grand-slam semi-final.

However, the pair's last encounter was more than three years ago - at the Indian Wells Masters - and Anderson has made significant strides since then. He said the only time he has played on Centre Court was during the London Olympics, and admitted: "I have no clue what that court looks like".


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. Playing Djokovic was the sternest test and he came through a dramatic five-setter dubbed the greatest clay-court match of all-time by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.

The first semifinal at Centre Court, between No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa and No. 9 John Isner of the USA, features two powerful servers with similar games who have a lot less star power and considerably fewer Grand Slam trophies, to say the least: The Nadal-Djokovic combined count is 29, including five at Wimbledon.

The eighth-seeded Anderson stands 6-foot-8 (2.03m), while ninth-seed Isner is two inches taller at 6-foot-10 (2.08m).

Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time.

"Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon". Yet the latter is in the better form overall and remains formidable once he gets to the business end of a tournament.

"I just kept on telling myself I have to continue believing". "Keep on going, you can do this".

"I am not that good to have the chance to think about all the things going on outside".

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