Nadal fights past Del Porto, Novak next

Nadal fights past Del Porto, Novak next

Nadal will face either Argentina's fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro or Frenchman Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals.

And Nadal rued failing to take control against del Potro much earlier.

The supporter seemed pretty delighted to be so up close and personal with one of the greatest players of all time, who went on to win a dramatic five-setter 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 in a match lasting the best part of five hours. Simon failed to convert a break point, then a third match point for Del Potro ended with him netting a forehand.

The world number one, playing in his first All England Club quarter-final since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011, then wasted four set points in the second.

After two-and-a-half hours, Nadal had soaked up 19 Del Potro aces and they were still a set-all and three-all, the Argentinian ahead in the serving cycle again and doing his best to grind Nadal into the grass.

Nadal broke for 3-2 but had to save break points in the sixth and eighth games before securing a memorable victory.

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

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In the next set, Del Potro broke and served for the set at 5-4, but double-faulted and Nadal clinched the break-back with a forehand victor down the line for the second set to be decided by a tiebreaker.

"Against Rafa", del Potro said, "you must go for winners all the time".

There was a look of glee in Del Potro's sometimes sad eyes, and his lumbering between-points walk had a bit more energy to it. Nadal, struggling to get a solid second serve into hard areas, was de-fanged for long stretches. He went 4-3 in front, before closing out the set to increase the pressure on Nadal.

" I think it was great quality tennis".

Anderson, who reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2017 U.S. Open, had lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon on three previous occasions.

The 33-year-old Simon saved a fourth match point when he threw the kitchen sink at a forehand return and the world number 53 eventually took his fourth break point to level at 5-5.

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