Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

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The pair spent four hours and 48 minutes on Centre Court earlier today before Nadal emerged a 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victor to move into the semi-finals for the first time in seven years.

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In a match suspended from Monday night due to darkness with the Argentine star two sets to one ahead, Del Potro sealed victory on a fifth match point after nearly four and a half hours of action on Court Two.

'I feel sorry for Juan Martin. "In some ways he deserved victory too".

The timing of this one - a match that's decider was described by Andy Murray in the BBC commentary box as "one of the best sets of tennis I have ever seen live" - was somewhat unfortunate as it clashed with England's World Cup semi-final.

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"In the last set there was a little of everything, great points, great rallies, he was hitting insane with his forehands". I tried to resist and maintain focus.

"Now is the moment to enjoy and then start to recover as it was a tough physical battle". I didn't feel exactly 100% and that had nothing to do with my opponent, it is just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow, I nearly could have and should have.

Closing in on a two-love lead, Nadal double faulted on set point and Del Potro reacted quickly to level the tie. "I am just excited to be in the semis".

Del Potro trails world number one Nadal 10-5 in career meetings. But back came Nadal to level the tie before an enthralling final set which was punctuated by great shot-making and spectacular dives and falls by both players.

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.

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