Rafael Nadal defeats Juan Martin del Potro at Wimbledon

Roger Federer

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.

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