Juan Martin Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro earned himself a chance to set the record straight against Rafael Nadal after sealing a place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Tuesday.

After the match, the second seed told the BBC: 'It was a very emotional match - great qualify of tennis.

"Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".

But the Argentinian played some of his best tennis and led by two sets to one before Nadal showed remarkable determination to force his way back into the match.

"Sorry to Juan Martin, he's an incredible opponent and player". He's an incredible opponent and fantastic player.

Victory on Wednesday gave Nadal his 11th win in 16 meetings against the fifth seed Del Potro as the Spaniard stayed on course for an 18th Grand Slam title.

Simon failed to convert a break point, then a third match point for Del Potro ended with him netting a forehand.

Del Potro trailed 1-3 but at 5-5 he fired down a swinging ace to reach match point number five and this time Simon cracked, netting a backhand to the relief of the Argetine who roared his approval.

Fully fired up, the Argentine held his serve easily throughout to third before firing a huge forehand victor to break and take the set to love.

Del Potro was in danger of being dragged into a fifth set when he squandered four match points, one with a double-fault, at 5-4 having hit back from 1-3 down. A stunning 24-shot rally ended with Del Potro pulling off the most sublime diving volley and avoiding facing a break point. Fortunately he negotiated his landing well after leaping over the barrier between the supporters and the court.

On match point, he serve-and-volleyed into Del Potro's backhand but had an open court in which to play the victor after his opponent slipped behind the baseline. After sending Nadal wide with a thumping forehand, he had the court gaping and at his mercy but a frightful shank let the Spaniard off the hook. I don't know if it was the breeze or just a bad day from my side.

And he served it out to book a tie with three-time champion Djokovic.

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