Incredible Moment Of Sportsmanship As Rafa Nadal Into Wimbledon Semi

Incredible Moment Of Sportsmanship As Rafa Nadal Into Wimbledon Semi

World number one Nadal saw off Del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7/9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after four hours and 48 minutes on Centre Court to reach his sixth Wimbledon semi-final and 28th at the majors. "Once Rafa breaks my serves, then the match becomes hard for me", conceded Del Potro, who hit 77 winners throughout the course of the match, compared to Nadal's 66. He's always like a big war for me. He played well. I believe I increased a little bit the level in the fourth and the fifth. "I tried to resist and maintain focus".

While the Federer exit, to South African Kevin Anderson, losing 13-11 in the final set, is what will sadden most viewers and grab what there are of tennis headlines today, Nadal coming from two sets to one down against perennial almost man Juan Martin Del Potro produced perhaps the most unbelievable tennis of the day, and definitely the moment of the tournament.

With the Wimbledon lawns baked and playing more bouncy than usual after a long spell of hot weather in London, it could be the 29-year-old's best chance to stop Nadal's impressive run.

Soon enough, del Potro was down on his belly after one last slip, as Nadal finished off the victory with a volley.

World number one Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at the All England Club, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

Most, but not all, signs point to an Isner win in this battle of the geriatric-i.e., over 30-giants.

"Sometimes you play your best tennis and it's not enough to beat him", said the teary-eyed Argentine, who has had the misfortune of running into Nadal at the French Open and Wimbledon championships over the past five weeks.

John Isner and Kevin Anderson will play in their first Wimbledon semi-final on Friday.


Great match, an emotional match for both of us and for the fans, too. "He's playing well. Only way to try to win it is play very well".

The six-hour match was the ultimate display of physical excellence as both traded blows in high-quality rallies for five sets of jaw-dropping tennis.

But just as a record-extending 44th grand slam semi-final appearance beckoned, Federer blinked - and eighth-seeded Anderson seized the moment.

Isner got past Milos Raonic in four sets on Wednesday, in a predictably serve-orientated affair, and I expect more of the same against Anderson, who also serves superbly.

"I didn't want to finish the match like that", said Del Potro, who hit 77 winners.

"We always played in important stages, important places". The most important was pushing forward: The Spaniard went to the net a total of 23 times over the first three sets, and upped that to 24 over the last two, winning the point on 19 of those.

"With how I'm feeling physically and mentally, I'm in a very good spot".

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