Djokovic won a routine four-setter against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two hours and 38 minutes, while Nadal battled for just under five hours to somehow get past Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set thriller. "Once Rafa breaks my serves, then the match becomes hard for me", conceded Del Potro, who hit 77 winners throughout the course of the match, compared to Nadal's 66.
But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they sprinted after blinding winners. He said the only time he has played on Centre Court was during the London Olympics, and admitted: "I have no clue what that court looks like".
'Obviously at the end of this day, analyse things that I've done right, that maybe need some improvement, focus on the next day's practice session, recovery. The gawky Anderson was viewed as mentally frail, while Isner was portrayed as a sort of ace-machine novelty act, most famous for his 70-68 fifth set against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon eight years ago. "I've only lost one match", said Nadal.
While Nadal's rivalry with Roger Federer may be considered as the most engaging, it is the Spaniard's rivalry with Djokovic which is the most enduring.
Nadal and Djokovic will be meeting for the 52nd time in their career, with Djokovic leading their head-to-head 26-25. Is one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport. "I think Rafa, in the end deserves to win once again".
When he finally prevailed after four hours and 48 minutes, Nadal - and del Potro - received a rousing standing ovation from the packed crowd including another living legend left-hander Rod Laver in the Royal Box.
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The Argentine next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal, who has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. Of course, have been an emotional match.
"There is no other match in the history of tennis that has been played more than our matches", said Nadal. You know that you can not win against Novak if you don't play well.
Eighth seed Anderson will play American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.
'In the same time, I'm trying to use the experience and memories that I had on being in final stages of Grand Slams, just take things very simple, day by day.
The second semi-final will see Nadal line up against former world number one and three-time Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic. I was close to beating him and I couldn't. Nadal, meanwhile, was hit by recurring wrist problems as well as back injuries, appendicitis, and most recently a hip issue, as his form plummeted. I'd guess that Rafa will have more self-belief than Djokovic in the early going.