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Wimbledon men's semi-finals -- five facts

13 July, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in action during the fourth round match against France's Gilles Simon. Toby Melville Reuters

Sorry to Juan Martin, he's an awesome opponent and fantastic player.

The action has continued from the Wimbledon quarter-finals with Germany's Julia Goerges beating a close friend to make the first semi-final of her career, while Juan Martin del Potro resumed his rain-interrupted match to set up a showdown with Rafael Nadal.

Next up for the Spaniard is a blockbuster last four showdown with Novak Djokovic. "I've put myself in with hopefully a shot to be playing again on Sunday". If I want to beat him, I have to come to the net very often and play hard with my forehands, with my backhands, and try to take all the chances'. Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was knocked out in the quarter-finals by an inspired Kevin Anderson, who came back from two sets down and a match point down to send the no. 1 seed packing.

"It will be an interesting semi-finals".

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

"I think she said, "I'm sorry", Bertens said.

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.

He eventually finished off the world No.53 in the third tiebreak to move into his second Wimbledon quarter-final where twice champion Nadal is waiting.

"He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw in our sport".

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After a hectic clay-court season where he won the Monte Carlo, Rome and French Open titles, Nadal chose to go into Wimbledon without playing a warm-up event on grass for the second year running.

"It will be a different match that we played in Paris a few weeks ago", Del Potro said.

Nadal advances to his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011.

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.

The pressure is for him to build on it and he faces another player, in Isner, who is in his first grand slam semi-final after coming out on top of his battle of the big servers with Milos Raonic.

A fearless effort from Isner but it is Anderson who will reach the final.

"But also putting myself in these positions where hopefully I'm able to get another step forward and be playing on Sunday".

Ninth-seeded Isner has hit a tournament-high 135 aces on his way to reaching his first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

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