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

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

Isner and Anderson also share the distinction of each owning arguably the most feared serve in tennis, meaning long rallies will be nearly non-existent this afternoon.

It was the pair's third meeting in the past four Grand Slams, with Nadal coming out in both the previous encounters - and it followed suit after a dramatic five-setter.

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal outlasted Juan Martin del Porto in a match that lasted almost five hours in the Wimbledon quarterfinals Wednesday in London.

"Friday is another important match against an opponent who is one of the most hard ones that you can face".

Del Potro said: 'I think I will be in good condition.

Kevin Anderson celebrates beating Roger Federer on Wednesday. He is one of the more complex players that I have ever seen in our sport, it is always a big test.

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

In his past two matches, the South African overcame opponents he had never beaten before - Federer had a 4-0 head-to-head record, while Frenchman Gael Monfils (in the Round of 16) boasted five wins over Anderson.

"I've done a lot of things well since I am back from injury".

"Congratulations to Kevin Anderson for reaching the men's singles semi-finals", Ramaphosa tweeted on Thursday.

"I'm really not thinking about being an underdog or being a favourite", he said. I tried to resist, maintaining focus.

Photographer gets dog-piled as Croatia celebrate winning goal against England
The Three Lions were knocked out at the semi-finals stage by Croatia after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor . Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick in the fifth minute. "It was a matter of time before we would score".

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

It doesn't get much bigger than that, which means the question now becomes: Will such a titanic victory build Anderson's confidence, or will it lead to a letdown, as it has for so many others who have knocked off Federer at the Slams over the years?

Nadal, the No. 2 seed, won the first set before dropping the second to his Argentine counterpart.

World number one Rafael Nadal rallied from behind to defeat Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-4 6-4 for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

After seven weeks out with a serious knee injury, many doubted if Nadal would regain his crown as the "King of Clay".

Nadal, in the quarter-finals for the first time since finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011, carved out the crucial break in the opening set for a 6-5 lead and claimed the opener off a Del Potro backhand error.

Anderson or Isner to reach first SW19 final?

Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time.

Only in this last 18 months has he been able to restore his glory, with successive French Open titles, and a US Open victory.

Rafael Nadal avoided joining Roger Federer in a shock Wimbledon exit as he booked a glamorous semi-final clash with old foe Novak Djokovic.

"I said at the beginning of the tournament, getting through to the quarters was a big goal of mine", he said.

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