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Cary Erickson | 13 July, 2018, 02:22

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Only a spirited fightback from Nadal saved the Spaniard from suffering a similar five-set fate to Federer, the world No.1 scraping past Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 4-6 6-4 6-4 in a Centre Court classic.

Nadal and Djokovic have faced each other 51 times in total with the Serbian shading it with 26 wins but the Spaniard has won their last two meetings.

"Rafa is a fighter and he has a fantastic game".

"I am not that good to have the chance to think about all the things going on outside".

"Only negative thing is I played nearly five hours".

"I'm sorry for him, of course", said Nadal. So, too, did what happened next after Nadal won 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday and earned a trip to the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2011: He went over to give del Potro a lengthy hug.

The world number one, playing in his first All England Club quarter-final since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011, then wasted four set points in the second.

The crowd were on their feet when Del Potro took off to end a magnificent point with a diving volley in a marathon third game, yet Nadal got the break with a sublime cross-court victor in the next service game. The set stayed on serve until Del Potro secured the first break point for a 4-3 lead.

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He deserves, if we win this World Cup , the Ballon d'Or'. This is why I am proud. "He knows what I went through". People now will never forget us.

A tired Del Potro, a semi-finalist in 2013, finished with 33 aces and 77 winners but even those impressive statistics were not enough.

"I didn't want to finish the match like that", said Del Potro, who hit 77 winners. But maybe after tomorrow when I get home and I watch the match, I will be glad.

Djokovic's fall from grace found him ranked at 21st in the ATP World Rankings before the start of the tournament, but his path back to the top is being cleared, and he will face this year's French Open champion Nadal for the 52nd time in the pairs career.

In a statement, Xasa paid tribute to the right-hander, who went one step further than Wayne Ferreira did in 1994 by reaching the semi-finals, where he will face American ninth seed John Isner on Friday.

A year after the epic encounter between Nadal and Djokovic at the semifinal stage of Roland Garros, they took on each other in the final in 2014.

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

I know in the semi-finals of Wimbledon you will not have an easy opponent in front (of you). But he blew those three set points, the last with a double-fault he later called "a big mistake". I tried to resist, maintaining focus.

After the match, Nadal and del Porto embraced.

"I play Los Cabos in Mexico - the beach", he smiled.