Del Potro suffered more heartbreak after losing to Nadal in the semifinals at Roland Garros last month, his 52 unforced errors proving to be costly as the Spaniard claimed the only break in a pulsating final set.
Then, at 4-3, they played an epic 18-point game that featured six deuces and another trio of break points for del Potro, none of which he managed to convert. He is one of the more complex players that I have ever seen in our sport, it is always a big test.
Only problem was that on Wednesday nobody was rushing out to roll out the green carpet and hand over the trophy as the Spaniard's 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro had merely secured him a semi-final with Novak Djokovic.
Federer faces eighth seed Kevin Anderson, who he has not dropped a set against in four previous meetings. I just tried to fight for every point. "I'm a different person, different player today", Djokovic said. Nadal is through to a Grand Slam semi-final for the fifth time since turning 30 while Djokovic has reached the last-four at a major for the first time since his 30th birthday.
With the increasingly physical nature of rallies, the advances in training and nutrition that help extend careers, and the dominance of a certain trio of all-time talents _ Federer has 20 Grand Slam titles, Nadal 17, Djokovic 12 _ it's been hard for any youngsters to elbow their way to the top.
At least Anderson can boast of one runner-up finish, and it was recent, against Nadal at last year's U.S. Open.
The Majorcan, who is the world number one but seeded second at Wimbledon, looked refreshed as he breezed through his opening four matches without dropping a set. Playing Djokovic was the sternest test and he came through a dramatic five-setter dubbed the greatest clay-court match of all-time by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.
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.
"Anything could happen, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".
"I said at the beginning of the tournament, getting through to the quarters was a big goal of mine", he said.
Strokes of Genius is a world-class documentary capturing the historic 13-year rivalry between tennis icons Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. "Physically I'm OK. That gives me confidence to keep going in the future".
This will be their first meeting on grass, and Nishikori said: 'I think it's going to be a new game for us.
Rachel Marks, 19, said the duchess had also been excited about watching the game, confirming she would be tuning in this evening. Traditionally, members of the royal family are supposed to refrain from showing any political views and are not allowed to vote.
Del Potro too noted the change in conditions but appeared to relish the chance to slide around a bit more on the grass. Isner has yet to be broken at this year's tournament and saved the only break point he faced on Wednesday.
Hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal told a news conference that the boys would have to stay in hospital for up to 10 days. The exact mechanics of the rescue bid were closely guarded during the operation, but details have since dribbled out.
Mr Trump will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen before heading to Scotland for a private part of the four-day visit. The proposal was debated in parliament where Trump was heavily criticized. "The mayor of London should be ashamed of himself".
China Tower, the world's largest mobile tower operator, has won approval for an IPO that could raise up to $10 billion. According to Lei Jun , its founder and CEO, Xiaomi is a company that "can do hardware, e-commerce and Internet ".
MS Dhoni: 3/10 The former team India skipper did not contribute much with the bat scoring just 33 runs in three matches. Buttler and Roy scored 73/0 in six overs with both in-form batters smacking 10 fours and four sixes in the process.
CNN was told the boys were exploring the caves on June 23 with their coach when they were trapped inside by heavy seasonal rains. Narongsak Osottanakorn told a news conference the latest rescue operation began at about 10:08 am local time.
Croatia will be underdogs for the final, but Perisic told FIFA.com : " France stopped us in the semi-finals in 1998". Even leaving aside the fact they're into the final, the French have trailed in just one match so far.