Offbeat Rafael Nadal has big advantage vs. Juan Martin del Potro in Wimbledon quarterfinals

23:10  10 july  2018
23:10  10 july  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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When Juan Martín del Potro won his only major – here as a 20-year-old eight years ago – he had to beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer back to back, a feat so awesome the Argentinian was acclaimed as the next star of the sport.

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Rafael Nadal hits a return during Friday’s US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro . Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

In fact, Nadal, who is seeded here No. 2 behind eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, and the fifth-seeded del Potro were given the prime second-match slot on Centre Court. They follow the match between 12th-seeded Novak Djokovic and 24th-seeded Kei Nishikori.

That decision finds Federer in unusual circumstances. He’s been relegated to play eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson as the first match on Court 1, the secondary show court.  The last time that Federer played on Court 1 was a 2015 quarterfinal against Frenchman Gilles Simon, according to Wimbledon officials.

The second match on Court 1 will be between ninth-seeded John Isner, the lone American left in the men’s draw, and 13th-seeded Milos Raonic.

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If past performance is an indicator, Nadal should be preparing for a trip to the semifinals.

He holds a weighty 10-5 lead in career matches over del Potro and won their two latest meetings in the recent French Open semifinal and 2017 U.S. Open semifinal. Nadal went on to win his 16th Grand Slam trophy at that U.S. Open.

Del Potro, playing at a career-high ranking, sees the Nadal encounter as a golden opportunity. He joins Guillermo Vilas and David Nalbandian as the only Argentines to reach the quarterfinals multiple times at all four Grand Slams.

“Good signal for myself. I’m doing a good season already,” said del Potro, who won his lone Grand Slam title at the 2009 U.S. Open. “I’m very proud to be in the last eight players of this tournament. Everybody wants to be there, for sure.

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“Also, it’s an honor to play against the No. 1 in the world tomorrow for a place in the semifinals. I will try to enjoy.”

Where del Potro finds himself at a distinct disadvantage is that darkness disrupted his fourth-round match against Simon on Monday night, which he eventually won 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5) on a fifth match point Tuesday afternoon. 

Adding to the frustration for del Potro, who won the first two sets in tiebreakers, was that after rebounding from 1-4 to 4-4 in the third set he failed to finish off the match as darkness was setting in.

It didn’t help his cause that the fourth set ended up going 70 minutes Tuesday, which made the 4-hour, 24-minute, fourth-round encounter the longest match at this Wimbledon.

“Hopefully, I feel good for tomorrow,” del Potro said. “I’ve been doing treatment already, looking forward for being ready for tomorrow. But I think I will be in good condition. My body feels OK. It’s a big chance for me to face Rafa tomorrow."

While del Potro’s Tuesday plans were dictated by circumstances, Nadal was able to come up with his own agenda for the day after beating Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Monday.

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Juan Martin del Potro denied tennis fans the chance to see Roger Federer play rival Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open for the first time ever.

And he knew exactly how he was going to spend his time.

“I practice for one hour,” Nadal said. “I do some treatment with my physio. Then probably going to relax a bit at home (at his rental place in Wimbledon). Maybe cooking a little bit at the lunchtime. Then watching football (World Cup), maybe one movie or something like this. That’s it. Easy.”

Nadal’s won the second most Grand Slam titles in the men’s game with 17 behind Federer's 20. Here at Wimbledon, Nadal captured the title in 2008 and ’10, with his five-set victory over Federer in ’08 considered by many to be the greatest match ever played.

Nadal played in three additional finals here, the last coming in 2011. Since that time, injuries have played havoc with his results on the grass.

Feeling completely fit these days, Nadal is hoping for another serendipitous moment at Wimbledon. That the weather’s been hot and dry, which finds the ball bouncing higher this fortnight, plays right into Nadal’s wheelhouse.

“Of course, is an important result for me, no?” he said, of reaching his first Wimbledon quarterfinal since journeying to the 2011 final. “Is true has been a while since I have been in that position.

“But when I come here, I come here thinking that I can do a good result. If not, probably I will not be here. When I arrive here, my goal is to do the things the right way to try to give me chances to compete well.”

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