Nadal aware of the Djokovic challenge

Heather Diaz
July 13, 2018

At five hours and 53 minutes, it was the longest final ever at a Slam.

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 wonderful tennis of the day, and definitely the moment of the tournament.

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

Like Federer and Anderson, Nadal and del Potro Nadal slugged it out for more than four pulsating hours before Spain's 17-times major victor finally landed the knockout punch.

"In the last set there was a little of everything, great points, great rallies, he was hitting insane with his forehands".

"I just try to build the momentum".

While both of those Nadal victories came on clay, they may set the tone for how this match begins.

"Rafa is a fighter and he has a fantastic game". He did it in more spectacular fashion than Isner, too, coming back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth. "I've only lost one match", said Nadal. Yes, there are two more days of Wimbledon to be played. "I think I can keep doing damage here". After nearly five hours, I fell down. "I don't want to stop here. But Rafa came to me and we shared a big hug, and it was kind of him".

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But the 31-year-old has been rejuvenated at Wimbledon, sweeping into the semi-finals for the eighth time.

It was not as if Nadal was playing badly.

Nadal started strong on serve to power his way into a 3-2 lead during the opening set.

One of those was on double fault in the tiebreak and the giant Argentine pounced to level the tie. Del Potro made him pay as he pounced on his first chance to raise the prospect of another upset on day nine.

It is the first time since he reached the Australian Open and French Open quarterfinals in 2012 that del Potro has qualified for the last eight at consecutive Grand Slams.

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.

One such chase left Nadal toppling into the arms of a stunned woman sitting in the front row as he failed to put on the breaks as he dashed after a Del Potro smash.

"For the rest of the things, great news, semi-finals of Wimbledon again". "Friday is another important match against an opponent that is one of the most hard ones that you can face".

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