Nadal survives thriller to down Del Potro in quarter-finals

Nadal survives thriller to down Del Potro in quarter-finals

Just 90 minutes after defending champion Roger Federer was sensationally knocked out by South African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday, it seemed as if the grasscourt major would lose its top two seeds as Argentine Del Potro took a two-sets-to-one lead.

"It wasn't good for me because I didn't want to finish the match like that", Del Potro said.

It was a case of down but definitely not out as a Rafael Nadal kept picking himself off a slippery and dusty Centre Court surface to storm into the Wimbledon semi-finals with a pulsating 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 over Juan Martin del Potro.

When they came back out on Tuesday, Del Potro completed a 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) victory on Court Two, but only after sealing the win with his fifth match point.

He eventually finished off world number 53 Simon in the match's third tiebreak to move into his second Wimbledon quarter-final where twice champion Nadal is waiting.

"It will be a different match that we played in Paris a few weeks ago", Del Potro told reporters.

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"I will try to hold my service games most of the time". He played very smart point.

And Nadal reiterated his respect for Del Potro in his own post-match interview.

Del Potro will have to be firing on all cylinders though - something he was clearly not doing against Simon in cooler conditions on Tuesday as he made a meal of the fourth set.

He led 40-15 but both match points went begging.

Del Potro raised his game again, though, claiming his third tie-break success of the match to book his date with Nadal.

The action continued to roll in on the Del Potro serve and it was Nadal's turn to slip flat onto his back but he picked himself up and rasped a backhand victor to snatch the crucial break. My body feels okay.

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