Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

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Both men will be appearing in their first Wimbledon semi-final, with Anderson upsetting defending champion Roger Federer and Isner prevailing over Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.

None of his opening four opponents were ranked inside the world top 50, meaning he faced a huge jump in class against world number four Juan Martin del Potro in Wednesday's semi-final.

Rafa took the first set against Del Potro before falling behind by two sets to one, and then clawing it back to win the game 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6.

The victor between Kevin Anderson and John Isner will go second on the Open era list for most attempts before reaching the Wimbledon final behind Marin Cilic, who set the record previous year after reaching the final on his 11th Wimbledon appearance. I tried to resist, maintaining focus. It is always a big test.

Djokovic enters eighth Wimbledon semi-final Nadal triumphed 7-5, 6-7 (7/9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after four hours and 48 minutes to reach his sixth Wimbledon semi-final and 28th at the majors. Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself.

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When he lost in the French Open quarter-finals to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato last month, he even suggested he was ready to skip Wimbledon this year as his ranking slipped to 22, his lowest since August 2006. "Obviously I've been very pleased with the way I've played so far on the grass court season".

After smoothly slicing through his first four matches the five-set struggle over four hours and 47 minutes, the longest of the tournament, was probably Nadal's flawless preparation for Djokovic, who will test his stamina and movement in entirely different ways, with swift changes of direction rather than raw power and, if it is singing, his serve. Playing Djokovic was the sternest test and he came through a dramatic five-setter dubbed the greatest clay-court match of all-time by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.

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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.

Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time.

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Nadal wasted a fourth chance at 7-6, before letting 2009 U.S. Open champion del Potro grab three points in a row for that set.

Rafael Nadal avoided joining Roger Federer in a shock Wimbledon exit as he booked a glamorous semi-final clash with old foe Novak Djokovic.

"I don't know what to say right now".

"But my goal is to try to play very well. Physically I've felt awesome". "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", he continued.

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