Del Potro and Nadal share a hug after their Wimbledon epic

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Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

One such chase left Nadal toppling into the arms of a stunned woman sitting in the front row as he failed to put on the breaks as he dashed after a Del Potro smash. "I was not thinking much about what was going on in the other court", said Nadal, who at the same time as Federer, endured a five-hour battle against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro on centre court.

Del Potro completed an epic 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) win over Frenchman Gilles Simon after fading light interrupted their last-16 clash on Monday night with the fifth seed up two sets to one.

The Spaniard will face Novak Djokovic in the last four for a chance to meet either John Isner or Kevin Anderson in the final. I just tried to fight for every point.

The two-time victor will meet Novak Djokovic in the last four on Friday. While Djokovic holds the edge overall at 26-25, Nadal is 9-4 in Grand Slams against a player at one time considered his nemesis.

Playing him is always a big challenge.

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All four semi-finalists are aged 30 or over - the first time in the Open era that the men's singles semis at a Grand Slam have been contested exclusively by players over 30.

When he lost in the French Open quarter-finals to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato last month, he even suggested he was ready to skip Wimbledon this year as his ranking slipped to 22, his lowest since August 2006.

Cotorro said: 'What you note the most the following day is the muscle fatigue, because these courts are very exigent, you play in unusual areas.

After smoothly slicing through his first four matches the five-set struggle over four hours and 47 minutes, the longest of the tournament, was probably Nadal's flawless preparation for Djokovic, who will test his stamina and movement in entirely different ways, with swift changes of direction rather than raw power and, if it is singing, his serve.

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

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So I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and US Open.

While Nadal and Djokovic are old hands at winning Slams, the man stood on the opposite side of the net in Sunday's final will be bidding to win a first major.

Germany's Julia Goerges apologised after beating close friend Kiki Bertens to progress to the first semi-final of her career at Wimbledon.

Karlovic and American player Reilly Opelka, who's also 6-foot-11, are the two tallest players listed on the ATP World Tour.

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

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

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