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Sport Rafael Nadal stages superb fightback to beat Juan Martin Del Potro and reach last four at Wimbledon

05:40  12 july  2018
05:40  12 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Rafael Nadal fought back to defeat Juan Martín del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4 -6, 6- 4 , 6- 4 and reach the Wimbledon semi-finals, where he will face Novak Djokovic on Friday.

Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time since 2011 with a five-set victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Centre Court. The two-time champion won 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 4 -6 6- 4 6- 4 hours after Roger Federer lost to Kevin Anderson.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018  Spain's Rafael Nadal during his quarter final match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro    REUTERS/Tony O'Brien © Reuters Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal during his quarter final match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro REUTERS/Tony O'Brien

It was 4-4 in a hard-fought second set when an unmistakable frisson spread around the Centre Court.

No, nothing had happened in the football – it was too early at that stage. It was the news reaching the main arena that Roger Federer was out of Wimbledon, confirming what the latest updates on the scoreboard at changeovers had suggested was likely.

Rafael Nadal promptly missed two regulation forehands and was broken. Even the man with the most unerring concentration in tennis found himself thrown by the obvious development.

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Rafael Nadal crushed Juan Martin del Potro to reach another Roland Garros final. He was a little unfortunate," said Nadal who reeled off 14 of the last 17 games, having seen Del Potro fail to convert any of his seven break points.

a man hitting a ball with a racket: Rafael Nadal has reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time since 2011 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rafael Nadal has reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time since 2011

He was, though, to avoid the fate of his great rival by staging a magnificent fightback to beat Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 before a large crowd on the Centre Court that had happily ignored the chance to watch events in Russia.

Nadal v Federer is off, the Nadal v Djokovic semi-final is on, on Friday, with the former back in the last four for the first time since 2011.

What a shame that so many will not have seen this four hour 48 minute primetime thriller due to attractions elsewhere, for it was a superb contest, especially a fifth set with thrills and spills galore as both players hurled themselves around to a standstill.

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RAFAEL NADAL came from two sets to one down to Juan Martin del Potro to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time in seven years.

Rafael Nadal v Juan Martín del Potro – as it happened. Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows. The last time Nadal lost in the semi-final of a slam was here in 2009 – to Del Potro . Del Potro built on his third-set fightback , but Nadal was too far ahead and too focused.

a group of people sitting in front of a crowd: The Spaniard even jumped into the crowd at one point during a rally on Wednesday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Spaniard even jumped into the crowd at one point during a rally on Wednesday

It may have been tennis's match of the year to date, infact, as the Spaniard frantically defended his fifth set lead after breaking for 3-2. The highlight was a thirteen-minute eighth game, which saw the French Open champion fight off three break points.

'It was a very emotional match, a great level of tennis,' said Nadal. 'I'm sorry for Juan Martin. In some ways he deserves victory too. Last year I lost 15-13 in a fifth set, so it's a great feeling for me.'

By the end of the evening only two of Wimbledon's Three Lions were standing, and it will be a colossal semi-final between them.

a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Nadal answered honestly on Monday when asked if, this Sunday, he fancied a repeat of the great finals he has had against Federer. No he did not, purely on the basis that he wanted to win the title and therefore would be happy with the least problematical opponent possible.

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Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martín del Potro 6- 4 , 6-1, 6-2. Dominic Thiem beats Marco Cecchinato to reach final. Rafael Nadal celebrates after his straight sets victory over Juan Martin Del Potro . Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images.

Top seed Rafael Nadal swept past Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in brilliant style to set up a US Open final against Kevin Anderson. The Spaniard won nine games in a row at one stage on his way to a 4 -6 6-0 6-3 6-2 victory in the second semi-final.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is not the type to get ahead of himself, even at Roland Garros where he picks off the low hanging fruit on every visit before easing to one title after another.

So he was never going to underestimate Del Potro, with his enormous wingspan and ability to pump down aces like he is not really trying.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018  Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro   REUTERS/Tony O'Brien © Reuters Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 11, 2018 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro REUTERS/Tony O'Brien

Nadal just about managed to win the battle of cat and mouse with the Argentinian's massive forehand to edge the first set, but needed to repair the lapse of concentration in the second by breaking back immediately for 5-5.

He had two set point chances to go into a decisive lead in the tiebreak. The most egregious waste was when he netted a double fault at 6-5, but he was unlucky at 7-8 when Del Potro hit a cross court forehand that struck net cord and then grubbered along the angle, making it impossible to scrape up.

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Rather like Federer, Nadal was being pushed to the limit by the relentless power of his opponent, and he cracked at 4-5 in the third when a poor volleying error suddenly saw him three break points down.

a person hitting a ball with a racket on a court: The two-time champion held his nerve in the final set to set up his sixth Wimbledon semi-final © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The two-time champion held his nerve in the final set to set up his sixth Wimbledon semi-final

Del Potro responded on the first opportunity, breaking to love by launching a searing forehand down the line into the corner.

There was no mass walkout at the start of the football, which coincided with the start of the fourth, or outbreak of disorder when England scored.

The Argentinian was finding it increasingly hard to keep his feet, and summoned down a fresh pair of grass court shoes after he was broken. They did not seem to make much difference and he was forced into a decider.

This was always going to be a test, given that he was alone among the quarter finalists in having to come back on Tuesday to finish his fourth round match. That he fought right to the end was only expected.

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