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Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2013 after beating Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5).

The French Open champion will next face Novak Djokovic in a clash of two former champions following the Serbian's success over Kei Nishikori earlier on Wednesday. He's playing well. Only way to try to win it is play very well.

A set littered with one lengthy rally after another, eventually went to Nadal on serve, finally giving him the match.

Furthermore, longer-term grass data also is in favour of the Serb - over the last two years, he's won 1.0% more points on serve and 2.4% more points on return, and in the last three, 1.5% more on serve and 1.8% more on return. After the match, Nadal and del Porto embraced.

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In the biggest upset of this year's Wimbledon Championship, Anderson beat world number one Federer in a sprawling five-set epic lasting four hours and 14 minutes. Isner leads their head to head 8-3, and he has won their last five meetings; the last time Anderson turned the tables against his fellow flamethrower was in 2012. He is one of the more complex players that I have ever seen in our sport, it is always a big test.

The market is finding it hard to split the duo, going [1.97] on Isner to triumph, and I don't think this price on the big American is far from being value. Del Potro made him pay as he pounced on his first chance to raise the prospect of another upset on day nine.

That mishap could not stop Nadal from reaching his sixth Wimbledon semi-final and he celebrated the moment by raising both arms up into the skies after four hours and 48 minutes of thrilling action. A great quality of tennis, especially in the last set, some awesome points, . "And for the fans, too".

Isner, 33, will be playing in his first major semi-final and is bidding to become the first American man to reach a Slam final since Andy Roddick finished Wimbledon runner-up in 2009. I knew I was in a good spot. It has dramatically boosted the sometimes fragile self-belief of one of the game's most amenable souls. We have always played on important stages, important places.

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Nadal saved three break points before an imperious forehand victor put him 5-3 up and he put away a simple volley to finally finish off Del Potro, then made his way around the net to embrace his tired opponent as he lay on the court following another tumble.

"I just kept saying "today is going to be your day".

Nadal cannot only level his head-to-head with the Serb, but also join him on three titles at Wimbledon - his first since 2010 - while crucially closing the gap with Roger Federer to just two Slams in the all-time leaderboard.

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