Juan Martin del Potro sets up Rafael Nadal clash at Wimbledon

Juan Martin del Potro sets up Rafael Nadal clash at Wimbledon

"(Djokovic) is one of the toughest opponents.

Last night, he couldn't quite edge the Spaniard, who prevailed 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a little under five hours.

Del Potro, who'd saved four set points, grabbed one of his own on Nadal's serve and levelled at a set apiece with a forehand that clipped the net and fell inside the service box.

"I think I won the best point of the match", the Argentine said with a rueful smile after being beaten by Nadal for the 11th time in 16 meetings. Federer eked out a break point at 4-3, Anderson quickly snuffed it out, then Anderson served to stay in the match, and did so to love. He played well. I believe I increased little bit the level in the fourth and the fifth. But the fifth, he was playing huge.

"In the fifth set it was so hard to stop him", said Nadal.

"When they hugged at the end, I started crying". Great match, emotional match for both of us and for the fans, too.

The clash between Del Potro's thunderous forehand and Nadal's supreme defensive skills was a stalemate until the 12th game of the opening set, when the Spaniard pounced.

With Nadal serving for match point, Del Potro slipped after hitting his return which left Nadal with an easy victor to set up a clash with Novak Djokovic tomorrow.

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina falls on the court during the men's quarterfinal match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Wednesday

And though the "Big Four" have shared the title among themselves since 2002, Del Potro insists the others can spring a shock. Nadal was back to needing one game to claim the set.

The deciding fifth set was a tight battle, but in the fifth game, Nadal got the solitary break to lead 3-2. Djokovic lost to Nadal in the French Open semifinal earlier in the year and the stage is set for a quick rebut as he holds a 26-25 head-to-head advantage over the left-hander.

Del Potro threw everything he could at Nadal in a pulsating match and even conjured the shot of the tournament as he acrobatically dived to his right to hit a fizzing forehand volley that ended a spellbinding 23-shot rally.

It is one of just five semi-final appearances at the Slams for the supremely gifted Del Potro, whose career has been ravaged by a number of wrist injuries which once pushed him to the brink of retirement. After nearly five hours, I fell down.

"It's always like a big war for me", said Nishikori on facing Djokovic.

"The crowd at the end was fantastic". I think I played really good tennis today. But Rafa is Rafa.

"You have to accept that if you want to win important things".

'If I'm quarter-finalist, that's means I have a chance to keep going'.

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