Relentless Nadal coasts into long-awaited Wimbledon quarter-final

12 July, 2018, 05:42 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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World number one Rafael Nadal rallied from behind to defeat Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-4 6-4 for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

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.

Then Del Porto managed to hold serve to love, forcing Nadal to serve out the match, which he did, winning it 6-4 to reach his sixth semi-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.

Kei Nishikori overcame elbow trouble in the opening set to win a marathon match 4-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (10) 6-1 against a limping Ernests Gulbis and reach his first Wimbledon quarter-final at the tenth attempt on Monday. The final set there were some incredible points. The set stayed on serve until Del Potro secured the first break point for a 4-3 lead.

Nadal, whose 17 Grand Slam titles are eclipsed by Federer's 20 and the 23 owned by Williams, did not disappoint in the late afternoon sunshine as he dissected fellow left-hander Vesely with a typically rumbustious display.

"Rafa is a fighter", del Potro said.


On this occasion, the world No 1 had trailed two sets to one after a super serving performance in the third and fourth sets by Del Potro. Eventually, things went to a tiebreak Del Potro won to capture the set.

Nadal slipped mid-court twice in the fifth game, but stayed upright to break with a cracking angled backhand. A blistering, nearly joyous whipped forehand sealed the set for Nadal and they went to a fifth.

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

The Spaniard will face Novak Djokovic in the last four for a chance to meet either John Isner or Kevin Anderson in the final.

Simon saved a fourth match point when he threw the kitchen sink at a forehand return and he eventually took his fourth break point to level at 5-5.

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