Nadal survives thriller to down Del Potro in quarter-finals

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

In a match suspended from Monday night due to darkness with the Argentine star two sets to one ahead, Del Potro sealed victory on a fifth match point after nearly four and a half hours of action on Court Two.

Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro celebrates winning his the fourth round match against France's Gilles Simon.

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.

Though Del Potro held off a few more break points, he had no chances to get back on level terms and Nadal took the match into a fifth.

He eventually finished off world number 53 Simon in the match's third tiebreak to move into his second Wimbledon quarter-final where twice champion Nadal is waiting. I tried to resist and maintain focus.

Former US Open champion Del Potro then stunned the Spaniard with the only break of the third set in the 10th game, secured with a deep forehand.

And Nadal reiterated his respect for Del Potro in his own post-match interview.

In the decider, the pair played the point of the tournament.

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old will be playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2013, when he went on to lose to Novak Djokovic in an epic semi-final.

He looked flat as he was broken to trail 1-3 but he clawed his way back to lead 5-4 with his serve to come.

Nadal carved out the crucial break in the opening set for a 6-5 lead and claimed the opener off a Del Potro backhand error.

On match point, he serve-and-volleyed into Del Potro's backhand but had an open court in which to play the victor after his opponent slipped behind the baseline.

"I think I will be in good condition".

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