Nadal: Novak will be a tough opponent

Adjust Comment Print

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.

USA refuses to reunited scores of detained migrant children with parents
Along with allegations of crime, officials said some of the parents have already been deported , while others are in jail. Sabraw's order to reunite more than 2,000 parents with a much larger group of children ages 5 to 18 by July 26.

Pruitt's resignation finally ends his corrupt assault on human health, Pallone rails
Pruitt's resignation comes amid a whirlwind of accusations and investigations into apparent misconduct at the helm of EPA. Some of the ethics accusations involved jobs for Pruitt's wife.

Poignant letters to their parents from boys trapped in Thai cave - Ireland
After several days of searching, rescuers found all 13 people alive but face a challenge to extract them from the situation . Arpakorn also told reporters Friday that time to rescue the boys is now "limited", though he did not specify the reasons.

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.