Nadal defeats Del Potro in five sets to reach Wimbledon final four

ATP Wimbledon Juan Martin del Potro edges Simon to set up Nadal clash

Djokovic has the slight edge at overall Tour-level at 26-25, but Nadal ended a seven-match losing streak against the Serb at Madrid a year ago and also won their only meeting so far in 2018 in the semi-finals of the Rome Masters. After losing the second set, he turned into Vintage Djoker and won 12 of the next 16 games to return to the Wimbledon semis for the seventh time.

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Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, will now face three-time victor Djokovic for the 52nd time with the Serb holding a 26-25 edge.

Djokovic appeared to feign hitting the ball in the umpire's direction toward the end of his four-set win.

"It's always a big challenge to face Novak", said 32-year-old Nadal, who is back in the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Djokovic. His performance matched his ideal season as he won his third Grand Slam of the calendar year.

Nadal is now two wins from an 18th Grand Slam title although he felt the one negative was having to play for close to five hours, but was happy to have survived an epic encounter. "The goal is to come back next year".

They have met on 51 previous occasions, but not at this stage of a Slam since the 2014 French Open semi-finals.

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World number one Rafael Nadal rallied from behind to defeat Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-4 6-4 for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Surprisingly, it wasn't the longest match in Wimbledon history.

He'll need to get past Nadal first. Nadal took the second set and but was reeling behind in the third 3-1.

Isner won the longest match at Wimbledon - or any other tournament - when he beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes in 2010. Nadal went on to lose the finals to Roger Federer.

Novak Djokovic will be in trouble if he does not play with aggression.

"The first two sets were really tight".

As Nadal battled against Del Potro, it seemed as if the grasscourt major would lose its top two seeds as Argentine Del Potro took a two-sets-to-one lead. The last American man to win a Grand Slam singles title was Andy Roddick at the 2003 US Open.

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