Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

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With the Wimbledon lawns baked and playing more bouncy than usual after a long spell of hot weather in London, it could be the 29-year-old's best chance to stop Nadal's impressive run.

Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Anderson The two-time Wimbledon champion will face Djokovic, a three-time victor at the All England Club, for a place in Sunday's final.

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.

"At least I could hit my forehand in or out, but is not a good way to close the match like that".

"It was a very emotional match with a great quality of tennis especially in the last set", Nadal said afterwards.

"I'm sorry for Juan Martin. In some ways he deserved victory too". I tried to resist and maintain focus. "I am just excited to be in the semis".


"(Djokovic) is one of the toughest opponents.

Former US Open champion Del Potro then stunned the Spaniard with the only break of the third set in the 10th game, secured with a deep forehand.

Nadal ended the four-hour-and-48-minute thriller with a backhand volley victor past a lunging Del Potro who ended the contest lying flat on his stomach.

A couple of slips from the fifth seed gave Nadal a sniff and after the Spaniard broke for a 3-2 lead in the fourth, Del Potro thumped a ball at full pelt into the turf in frustration.

Del Potro raised his game again, though, claiming his third tie-break success of the match to book his date with Nadal. A tired Del Potro, a semi-finalist in 2013, finished with 33 aces and 77 winners but even those impressive statistics were not enough.

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