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Wimbledon 2018: Rafa Nadal overcomes Juan Martin del Potro in five-set classic to reach semis

Nadal overcomes Del Potro in five-set classic to reach semis

12/07/2018 at 04:58Updated 12/07/2018 at 07:55

Rafa Nadal came through one of the all-time great Wimbledon quarter-finals to beat Juan Martin del Potro in five sets and reach the last four.

In a match that delivered quality throughout, Nadal recovered from two sets to one down to treat the Wimbledon crowd to a match few will forget.

Every single set was hard-earned, with Nadal taking the first 7-5 before Del Potro evened things up on a tiebreak in the second.

A set apiece, both won 6-4, ensured the match went to a decider, but Nadal held his nerve in a marathon final set.

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

Speaking after the match, Nadal said:

" I think it was great quality tennis. The final set there were some amazing points. It had a little of everything, great points, great rallies, he was hitting crazy with his forehands. I tried to resist, maintaining focus. Sorry to Juan Martin, an amazing opponent and player. In some ways he deserves to go through too."
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