Nadal edges del Potro in tight Wimbledon match

Nadal edges del Potro in tight Wimbledon match

Nadal edges del Potro in tight Wimbledon match

Del Potro refused to surrender, breaking back in game 10 to level the score at 5-5 and he saved four set points in the tie break, climbing back from 3-6 down to steal the set 9-7 and make a huge roar of relief, ready to fight until the very last point.

"Emotional match for both of us", said Nadal, who is ranked No. 1 and seeded No. 2 and won two of his 17 major championships at Wimbledon.

In an odd-numbered year, the exit of Roger Federer in a five-set thriller, followed immediately by the triumph of Rafa Nadal in a five-set thriller on Centre Court, would have dominated the sports pages, but unfortunately for tennis fans, England had to go and get to and get beat to Croatia.

Nadal wasted a fourth chance at 7-6, before letting 2009 U.S. Open champion del Potro grab three points in a row for that set.

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In a match filled with entertaining rallies between two of the biggest hitters in the game, Nadal came from a set down to win 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 4 hours, 48 minutes - the longest match of this year's tournament.

"In the last set there was a little of everything, great points, great rallies, he was hitting insane with his forehands".

It was not as if Nadal was playing badly as he had lost only nine points on serve before heading into the ninth game of the second set.But just before that game started, Federer's shock demise was flashed up on the giant on-court scoreboard and it was as if that threw the Spaniard off his stride and he fluffed his lines to drop his serve. I tried to resist, maintaining focus.

It was Juan Martin del Potro who slumped to his knees and lay flat on the grass after the last point. In some ways he deserves to win as well.

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As Nadal looks ahead to the semi-finals, Del Potro heads for his next tournament.

In the next game, Nadal staved off two break points, the first when he used his never-give-up-on-a-ball defense to stretch a point and del Potro pushed a forehand way long.

However, Del Potro was made to pay for a sloppy game when he was serving to secure a tiebreak, netting a backhand to go a set down.

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"I play Los Cabos in Mexico - the beach", he smiled.

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