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Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic: Title favourite expects 'emotional' Wimbledon showdown

13 July 2018, 09:43 | Charlene Valdez

GETTYFederer is looking to win his ninth Wimbledon title this week

Roger Federer

World number one Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion at the All England Club, trails Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 victor, 26-25 in a rivalry which began at Roland Garros 12 years ago.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have met more than any other two men in the Open Era - and the pair are ready to finally resume their long-standing rivalry on the Grand Slam stage.

Having crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon for five consecutive times, Goerges' emotions spilled over at the end of the match after she embraced Bertens at the net.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion was not to be denied a place in the semis, though, coming through a monumental battle with the fifth seed to win 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in four hours and 47 minutes.

Del Potro suffered more heartbreak after losing to Nadal in the semifinals at Roland Garros last month, his 52 unforced errors proving to be costly as the Spaniard claimed the only break in a pulsating final set.

"We have always considered him an ambassador and he continues to wave the flag". This was to be his last Grand Slam until 2017. He seems to have returned to form, as he has been excellent at Wimbledon.

But the 31-year-old has been rejuvenated at Wimbledon, sweeping into the semi-finals for the eighth time. I'd guess that Rafa will have more self-belief than Djokovic in the early going. "I am just excited to be in the semis".


Nadal was two sets to one down before fighting back to win in five sets - and nearly five hours - to reach his first SW19 semi-final since 2011.

That four-hour and 48-minute epic put him into his sixth Wimbledon semi-final and 28th at the majors. However many times he's lost to Djokovic in the past-and that includes the 2011 Wimbledon final-he's now No. 1 and coming off a major title in Paris, while Djokovic is still climbing his way back up the charts.

Anderson is the first South African to make the last-four since Kevin Curren in 1983.

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.

Their clash, however, may not be easy on the eye. Isner is top of the aces leaderboard at these Championships with 161, while Anderson is third with 123.

An Anderson win looked anything but likely after Federer, once again looking imperious, extended his record streak of sets won at Wimbledon to an equal-career-best 34 straight to charge to a two-sets-to-love lead in little more than an hour.

"I said at the beginning of the tournament, getting through to the quarters was a big goal of mine", he said.



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