SA hails Anderson's shock defeat of Federer

13 July, 2018, 12:41 | Author: Amy Huff
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Nadal lost only eight points behind his serve in the opening set, but Del Potro needed only one break point to take a 5-4 lead in the second.

Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2013 after beating Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5).

Shattered, and defeated, having had victory in his grasp, the 29-year-old Argentinean collapsed to the ground, only for Nadal, to cross the net and go comfort the man he first played 11 years ago.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is a matchup that brings a lot of memories. "Obviously I've been very pleased with the way I've played so far on the grass court season". In a four-set match that went on for two hours and 35 minutes, the 12-time Grand Slam title victor, and three-time Wimbledon champion, was in control despite dropping the second set. The powerful Argentinian has won five of his 15 matches against Nadal but lost to the world number one at two of the last three slams.

Nadal was a set away from crashing out only a matter of hours after defending champion and favorite Roger Federer had suffered a stunning defeat against Kevin Anderson.

But while Nadal and three-time champion Djokovic were expected to win, and Isner seeded to do so over Raonic, Anderson had never even extracted a set from Federer in four previous meetings. He is one of the more complex players that I have ever seen in our sport, it is always a big test. At the end of this day, analyse things that I've done right.

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When he finally prevailed after four hours and 48 minutes, Nadal - and del Potro - received a rousing standing ovation from the packed crowd including another living legend left-hander Rod Laver in the Royal Box.

The next challenge for Djokovic is a quarter-final against Kei Nishikori, who he has beaten 12 times in a row since the Japanese star claimed his biggest victory in the semi-finals of the US Open in 2014.

"I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of month, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's".

Isner is 8-3 against Anderson, and this will be his first career semifinal at a major.

"I am very happy the way that I survived a lot of important points in that fifth set", Nadal said. "He's playing well. Only way to try to win it is play very well". "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy". We have always played on important stages, important places.

Djokovic came into the Championships on the back of a frustrating year which was blighted by an elbow injury and saw him slide down the world rankings as a result. I'd guess that Rafa will have more self-belief than Djokovic in the early going.

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