Nadal survives thriller to down Del Potro in quarter-finals

14 July, 2018, 08:51 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Novak Djokovic equals Jimmy Connors and Andy Murray by reaching Wimbledon quarter-finals

The 12-time major victor defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court to set up a clash on Friday with either world No 1 Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro. I haven't spent too much time on the court.

If Anderson is to shock Federer, who has only lost once before the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 15 years, he will need to call up the heavy artillery which has served him well at the tournament this year.

This wasn't the first instance of Djokovic losing his temper at the All England Club this year. "I had to go back to basics and hit as many balls as I could on the practice courts, get that feel again".

Novak Djokovic claims he was treated unfairly by chair umpire Carlos Ramos during his quarter-final win over Kei Nishikori to book his spot in the final four at Wimbledon.

'I didn't harm the grass. I know how I threw the racquet. Watch out if you've got to play this man. "Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".

The Serbian has rediscovered his mojo at SW19 and has looked more alike the former world No 1 who once held all four Grand Slam titles at one time in 2016.

It was a case of down but definitely not out as a Rafael Nadal kept picking himself off a slippery and dusty Centre Court surface to storm into the Wimbledon semi-finals with a pulsating 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 over Juan Martin del Potro. "It feels great to be back in the last four of a Slam".

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Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 97 miles per hour second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 133 miles per hour ace.

Nishikori still would not fade and he forced Djokovic to go long for an early break in the fourth, but that advantage was swiftly canceled out following another fine rally.

Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the ideal role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack. I am very grateful to play on the court I love and to be competing at a high level.

Eight-time champion Federer has already won more Wimbledon singles titles than any other man, but was aiming to equal Martina Navratilova's all-time record. He added: "I played very well in Queen's (where he finished runner-up) coming into Wimbledon".

Djokovic incurred a warning for throwing his racket and then later complained of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for doing the same.

With the Japanese serving to stay in the match, Djokovic wrapped things up after 2-1/2 hours on the first match point to secure his first Wimbledon semi-final since 2015.

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