Wimbledon 2018 -- Juan Martin del Potro reaches quarterfinals

Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin del Potro

Along the way, they have fought out a series of classic and epic battles including Djokovic's 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7 (5/7), 7–5 Australian Open final victory in 2012.

The victor will play either John Isner or Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final. "Friday is another important match against an opponent that is one of the most hard ones that you can face".

"This is going to be an emotional match for both of us", said Nadal. We have always played on important stages, important places.

Kevin Anderson celebrates beating Roger Federer on Wednesday.

It will be their 52nd meeting and, as Nadal reminded everyone, nobody in the game has such a rivalry.

Add in Nadal, 32, and Djokovic, 31, and it's the first time in the half-century of professional tennis that all four male semifinalists at any Slam are in their 30s.

"He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw in our sport". I think I did a lot of things well.

"Congratulations to Kevin Anderson for reaching the men's singles semi-finals", Ramaphosa tweeted on Thursday.

"It´s not good for me".

Cotorro said: 'What you note the most the following day is the muscle fatigue, because these courts are very exigent, you play in unusual areas.

It was Juan Martin del Potro who slumped to his knees and lay flat on the grass after the last point.

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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.

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.

After seven weeks out with a serious knee injury, many doubted if Nadal would regain his crown as the "King of Clay".

Anderson, number eight ranked in the world, came from two sets down to beat the eight-time Wimbledon champion yesterday, and will now face American John Isner in the semi-finals on Friday.

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

"Of course I was anxious when I lost the second set", Nadal said.

The next challenge for Djokovic is a quarter-final against Kei Nishikori, who he has beaten 12 times in a row since the Japanese star claimed his biggest victory in the semi-finals of the US Open in 2014.

"I said at the beginning of the tournament, getting through to the quarters was a big goal of mine", he said.

"I just kept on telling myself I have to continue believing".

Isner - a college jock type never spotted without a backwards baseball cap - enjoyed his breakthrough moment earlier this year in Miami when he won his first Masters title.

"But my goal is to try to play very well". "Keep on going, you can do this".

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