Rafael Nadal Outlasts Juan Martin del Potro to Advance to Wimbledon Semifinals

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12 Jul 2018 | Deportes

Rafael Nadal is back in a position he hasn’t seen in seven years…

The 32-year-old Spanish tennis superstar, the World No. 1,rallied to win a grueling five-set match against Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and reach the semifinals at the All England Club.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal reached his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011, winning a crowd-pleasing five-set duel against del Potro that took 4 hours, 48 minutes — the longest match of this year’s tournament — and featured entertaining rallies between two of the biggest hitters in the game.

del Potro finished with 77 winners to Nadal’s 67 but failed to convert any of his five break points in the fifth set. Instead it was Nadal who earned the only break of the decider, and he closed out the win on his first match point — leaving the fifth-seeded Argentine sprawled on the grass in exhaustion.

Nadal will next play 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.


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