Nadal, Djokovic set up Wimbledon semi-final dual

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Nadal's total of nine Grand Slam match-wins against Djokovic is the most that anyone has managed against the Serb, but Djokovic has also defeated Nadal at the Grand Slams more often than anybody else, with 4 victories against the Spaniard at the majors.

"I think it was great quality tennis, the final set was there were some incredible points".

Like Federer and Anderson, Nadal and del Potro Nadal slugged it out for more than four pulsating hours before Spain's 17-times major victor finally landed the knockout punch.

"I will try to hold my service games most of the time".

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.

Juan Martin del Potro had to fight hard to beat France's Gilles Simon.

However, on the other side of the draw, a mouth-watering semi-final has been set up between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. "After nearly five hours of running and playing at this high level against the No. 1 in the world and lost, it's not good for me. It's a big chance for me to face Rafa tomorrow".

"I don't know who is going to win".

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The powerful Argentinian has won five of his 15 matches against Nadal but lost to the world number one at two of the last three slams.

It was not as if Nadal was playing badly.

For Del Potro, who dived, tumbled and slipped as he tried to contain the two-time Wimbledon champion it was an 11th defeat in 16 meetings with the Spaniard.

The Swiss was expected to cruise through to the latter stages of the tournament and even then should have benefitted from the absence of Andy Murray and fitness struggles for Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they chased after blinding winners.

Nadal got the first set, which consisted of long, close rallies, thanks to the only break in the 12th game to claim the opener 7-5.

But the 31-year-old has been rejuvenated at Wimbledon, sweeping into the semi-finals for the eighth time.

An Anderson win looked anything but likely after Federer, once again looking imperious, extended his record streak of sets won at Wimbledon to an equal-career-best 34 straight to charge to a two-sets-to-love lead in little more than an hour.

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