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Same old, same old as Nadal wins another five-set nail-biter

14 July 2018

Only problem was that on Wednesday nobody was rushing out to roll out the green carpet and hand over the trophy as the Spaniard's 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro had merely secured him a semi-final with Novak Djokovic.

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro met stubborn resistance from Frenchman Gilles Simon and had to settle for a suspension of their Wimbledon fourth round match as he led 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5) 5-7 after more than three hours on Court Two on Monday.

It was such a tense affair, particularly the 71-minute deciding set, that when it was all over, Del Potro lay on the ground, face down, and only got up when he saw Nadal standing over him.

Nadal was forced to come back from a set down before breaking in a thrilling fifth set to win in nearly five hours. I think that's not fair. But I'm glad with my tournament.

"Of course I was anxious when I lost the second set", Nadal said.

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. Kasatkina then saved five match points before surviving yet another thanks to Hawkeye, with Kerber's lob landing just beyond the baseline. I think I did a lot of things well.

Milos Raonic of Canada plays a return to Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. during their men's singles match on the seventh day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 9, 2018. The highest seed left in the women's draw, 2016 finalist Kerber was 3-0 up in the first set before her 21-year-old opponent had time to react.

With 78 winners and 27 aces, del Potro packed too many guns for tenacious Simon, who fought doggedly to save four match points. So I feel comfortable he would get through.

"It will be a different match that we played in Paris a few weeks ago", Del Potro said. Sometimes you play your best tennis and it's not enough to beat him. After almost five hours on court, his immensely talented opponent was still capable of hurling down thunderbolts.

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

"So far four matches have been really, really good for me", said Djokovic, who eliminated British number one Kyle Edmund in the third round.

Eight-time champion Federer will play on Court One for the first time since the 2015 quarter-finals, with former world number one Djokovic's match against Nishikori put on Centre.

"It's my goal is to try to play very well".

Same old, same old as Nadal wins another five-set nail-biter