Rafael Nadal Topples Juan Martin Del Potro to Advance at 2018 Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal Topples Juan Martin Del Potro to Advance at 2018 Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal Topples Juan Martin Del Potro to Advance at 2018 Wimbledon

However, on the other side of the draw, a mouth-watering semi-final has been set up between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Djokovic has three Wimbledon titles while Nadal has two.

This time past year, few would have expected to see either man back in the last 4 at the All England Club. This will be the 52nd meeting between 17-time major champion Nadal and 12-time major champ Djokovic, more than any other two men ever have played each other.

In their illustrious careers, they have played some hard-fought battles.

"It's always a big challenge to face Novak", Nadal said (probably for the 51st time). His performance matched his ideal season as he won his third Grand Slam of the calendar year. The final set there were some incredible points.

Nadal is now two wins from an 18th Grand Slam title although he felt the one negative was having to play for close to five hours, but was happy to have survived an epic encounter.

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.

With the Wimbledon lawns baked and playing more bouncy than usual after a long spell of hot weather in London, it could be the 29-year-old's best chance to stop Nadal's impressive run. Nadal won the first set before losing the second one.

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The match lasted almost five hours and it's the longest between the two players on clay. "In some ways he deserves to go through too".

Djokovic took the first set 6-3 and was on course to avenge his defeat he suffered the previous year. Nadal took the second set and but was reeling behind in the third 3-1.

Incidently, the Nadal versus Del Potro match lasted exactly the same length as Rafa's win against Roger Federer in the 2008 final.

A match which has gone down in the record books as the longest Grand Slam final, lasting five hours and 53 minutes - and finishing at 1.37am - before Djokovic prevailed. Nadal went on to lose the finals to Roger Federer.

From 2011 through 2016, Novak Djokovic was a mainstay in Grand Slam semifinals, advancing at least that far in 22 of the 24 majors (and winning 11) over that span.

"It will be a different match that we played in Paris a few weeks ago", Del Potro told reporters.

He eventually he clinched a 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory after four hours and 47 minutes.

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