Nadal has got more than other players, says Del Potro

Nadal has got more than other players, says Del Potro

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. The final set there were some unbelievable points.

The supporter seemed pretty delighted to be so up close and personal with one of the greatest players of all time, who went on to win a dramatic five-setter 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 in a match lasting the best part of five hours.

Nadal soon returned the favour with a break of his own, before another hold left Del Potro rattled.

In chess, the Ruy Lopez, or Spanish opening, is created to break down an opponent's pawn defence bit by bit, and the man from Mallorca was determined to do just that to the Argentinian, peppering him with hard questions on either flank. Del Potro made him pay as he pounced on his first chance to raise the prospect of another upset on day nine. The result was far from certain.

It was Del Potro who held sway early in the third, building a 3-2 lead.

"Against Rafa", del Potro said, "you must go for winners all the time".

Nadal's feet were twinkling.

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Nadal slipped mid-court twice in the fifth game, but stayed upright to break with a cracking angled backhand.

In the next game, Nadal staved off two break points, the first when he used his never-give-up-on-a-ball defense to stretch a point and del Potro pushed a forehand way long.

In an odd-numbered year, the exit of Roger Federer in a five-set thriller, followed immediately by the triumph of Rafa Nadal in a five-set thriller on Centre Court, would have dominated the sports pages, but unfortunately for tennis fans, England had to go and get to and get beat to Croatia. There could be no argument with that.

The two-time victor will meet Novak Djokovic in the last four on Friday.

That blip was enough for Nadal, chasing an 18th Grand Slam title, to surrender his first set of the championships.

The 33-year-old Simon saved a fourth match point when he threw the kitchen sink at a forehand return and the world number 53 eventually took his fourth break point to level at 5-5. Raonic hit 31 aces to Isner's 25 but was broken three times, including in the last game of the match.

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