Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Nadal has got more than other players, says Del Potro

Nadal has got more than other players, says Del Potro

Having dropped a set against defending champion Rafael Nadal, Djokovic's grip on the U.S. Open title appeared to slip away.

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In yesterday's quarter-final match-ups, both players had very different matches. "That's a big thing", said second seed Nadal.

Isner had never got past the third round at Wimbledon before this year while a run to the last-eight at the 2011 US Open had been his previous best at the majors.

Nadal mentioned he wasn't aware of Federer's struggles against Kevin Anderson at the time, but said unfortunately that's the reality of the sport. It is always a big test. "The goal is to come back next year".

He showed signs of recovering at the French Open before a shock loss in the quarter-finals against unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato, then reached the Queen's final where more mental fragility proved his undoing against Marin Cilic.

For his part, Djokovic is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

"It´s not good for me". Obviously at the end of this day, analyze things that I've done right, that maybe need some improvement, focus on the next day's practice session, recovery. You know that you can't win against him if you don't play very well. "In some ways he deserves to go through too".

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

"This photo says it all", wrote Juan Martin del Potro on his Instagram page.

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.

Isner won the longest match at Wimbledon - or any other tournament - when he beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set after 11 hours, 5 minutes in 2010.

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

Nadal described Wednesday's showdown as a combination of "suffering" and "enjoyment" but he was mightily relieved he came back from two-sets-to-one down to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2011.

But moments before publication of this post, Anderson broke Isner's serve to take a 25-24 lead, and bring this match close to a merciful conclusion.

While Trump would have been a distraction in the royal box - especially if the wind were to cut through his hair spray - the 15,000 sunbathers on Centre Court instead have a double bill of Isner and Anderson at 1pm, followed by the main course, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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