Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

Rafael Nadal Wimbledon tennis news

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old will be playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2013, when he went on to lose to Novak Djokovic in an epic semi-final.

Federer suffers shock Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Anderson The two-time Wimbledon champion will face Djokovic, a three-time victor at the All England Club, for a place in Sunday's final.

The last-16 tie between Del Potro and Frenchman Simon was suspended overnight due to darkness on Monday with the Argentine fifth seed two sets to one ahead.

Roger Federer after his loss to Kevin Anderson: "I couldn't feel very well off the baseline".

"In the last set there was a little of everything, great points, great rallies, he was hitting insane with his forehands".

'I feel sorry for Juan Martin.

"I will try to hold my service games most of the time".

"Now is the moment to enjoy and then start to recover as it was a tough physical battle".

"(Djokovic) is one of the toughest opponents.

Del Potro trails Nadal 10-5 in head-to-head meetings - his five wins all coming on hardcourts.

The 2009 US Open champion's spirit never died and he set up another three break points but Nadal relentlessly moved just one game away from the semi-finals after a 13-minute game.

After Nadal squandered four set points in the third set tiebreak, with a double fault on one of them, Del Potro made him pay as he pounced on his first chance to raise the prospect of another astonishing upset on day nine of the championships. But back came Nadal to level the tie before an enthralling final set which was punctuated by great shot-making and spectacular dives and falls by both players.

A couple of slips from the fifth seed gave Nadal a sniff and after the Spaniard broke for a 3-2 lead in the fourth, Del Potro thumped a ball at full pelt into the turf in frustration.

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