Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Five facts about Wimbledon men’s semi-finals

Five facts about Wimbledon men’s semi-finals

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However, on the other side of the draw, a mouth-watering semi-final has been set up between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Juan Martin del Potro lay sprawled face down on the slippery and dusty Centre Court turf as Nadal punched away a final backhand volley to seal a 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 win that took him into the semi-finals for the first time since 2011. Del Potro made him pay as he pounced on his first chance to raise the prospect of another upset on day nine.

"It will be an interesting semi-finals". He picked himself up and dusted himself down to play on for another eight games, but it was a different story an hour later when there was nothing left to fight for. After nearly five hours, I fell down.

"I think she said, "I'm sorry", Bertens said.

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The world number one then wasted four set points in the second.

Nadal was knocked out in the fourth round, losing 13-11 in the final set to Luxembourg journeyman Gilles Muller.

There was, however, one consolation for Del Potro who came off second best despite belting down 33 aces and producing 77 staggering winners, 10 more than Nadal.

"Well, at the moment I´m feeling sad after nearly five hours of running and playing this high level against the No. 1 in the world and losing", added Del Potro.

"I'm doing a good season already". But maybe after tomorrow when I get home and I watch the match, I will be glad.

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Nadal and Djokovic will be meeting for the 52nd time in their career, with Djokovic leading their head-to-head 26-25.

Next up for the Spaniard is a blockbuster last four showdown with Novak Djokovic.

Spain's Nadal and Serbia's Djokovic have won 29 Grand Slam titles between them, including five previous victories at SW19.

The 2008 and 2010 champion is competitive on grass again, and anyone with any doubts on his credentials would have lost them after seeing him go toe-to-toe on power with Juan Martin del Potro to defeat the Argentine in five sets on Wednesday. "In some ways he deserves to win as well", said Nadal after the breath-taking quarter-final.

"Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon". A great quality of tennis, especially in the last set, some unbelievable points, . "I have to come to the net very often and play hard with my forehands, with my backhands, and try to take all the chances". Can Nadal's body stand up to another tough test less than 48 hours after playing for 12 minutes short of five hours with Del Potro?

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