Nadal, Djokovic set up Wimbledon semi-final dual


Nadal, Djokovic set up Wimbledon semi-final dual

He did hold that pose, a mixture of full-on despair and utter exhaustion, for a bit, which felt appropriate.

Cape Town - Tennis great Roger Federer has weighed into the debate surrounding the clash on Sunday between the Wimbledon men's final and the Soccer World Cup final.

Having crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon for five consecutive times, Goerges' emotions spilled over at the end of the match after she embraced Bertens at the net.

"It is always a big challenge to face Novak".

Being kept on court for so long before a 52nd meeting with Djokovic is not exactly the kind of preparation the 17-times Grand Slam champion would have wanted. Djokovic, a 12-time major champ whose resume includes three trophies at the All England Club, advanced earlier Wednesday with a four-set victory over Kei Nishikori that didn't require almost as much energy or effort as what followed on Centre Court.

When he finally prevailed after four hours and 48 minutes, Nadal - and del Potro - received a rousing standing ovation from the packed crowd including another living legend left-hander Rod Laver in the Royal Box. He did it in more spectacular fashion than Isner, too, coming back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth.

"The last set had a little bit of everything, great points, great rallies, he was hitting insane with his forehands".

The fourth-round match resumed on Tuesday afternoon after bad light had stopped play on Monday with the Argentinian leading by two sets to one. It doesn't get much bigger than that, which means the question now becomes: Will such a titanic victory build Anderson's confidence, or will it lead to a letdown, as it has for so many others who have knocked off Federer at the Slams over the years?

At 1-all in the fifth, del Potro jumped to his right, rolling along the turf and losing his racket, for a volley victor, and then celebrated by raising both arms. Simon failed to convert a break point, then a third match point for Del Potro ended with him netting a forehand.

Del Potro put both hands on his head. Eventually, things went to a tiebreak Del Potro won to capture the set.

Nadal saved three break points before an imperious forehand victor put him 5-3 up and he put away a simple volley to finally finish off Del Potro, then made his way around the net to embrace his tired opponent as he lay on the court following another tumble.

Soon enough, del Potro was down on his belly after one last slip, as Nadal finished off the victory with a volley. 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. "Also, he has a fantastic game".

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