Rafael Nadal edges del Potro to set Novak Djokovic clash — ATP Wimbledon

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Second-seeded Rafa Nadal won a very tight five-setter against Juan Martin Del Potro to set up a mouth-watering Wimbledon semi-final with Novak Djokovic.

In a match suspended from Monday night due to darkness with the Argentine star two sets to one ahead, Del Potro sealed victory on a fifth match point after nearly four and a half hours of action on Court Two.

And Nadal rued failing to take control against del Potro much earlier.

The Spaniard hit back immediately though and sealed victory on his third match point when Vesely served at 4-5.

Del Potro finished with 77 winners to Nadal's 67 but failed to convert any of his five break points in the fifth set. Both players have settled into a nice rhythm in the opening set and it was Nadal who kept a high level in the entire set, serving at 75% and losing only eight points on serve, avoiding deuces or tie breaks to keep the pressure on Delpo.

Nadal caught Del Potro napping in the fifth game of the fourth set, breaking him to love to lead 3-2.

In the next set, Del Potro broke and served for the set at 5-4, but double-faulted and Nadal clinched the break-back with a forehand victor down the line for the second set to be decided by a tiebreaker.

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After the victory, Nadal said: 'He played well.

There was a look of glee in Del Potro's sometimes sad eyes, and his lumbering between-points walk had a bit more energy to it. Nadal, struggling to get a solid second serve into hard areas, was de-fanged for long stretches.

"In the end the court was a little bit slippery because the sun goes out and it was humid on the grass", Del Potro added. A blistering, nearly joyous whipped forehand sealed the set for Nadal and they went to a fifth.

"I think I will be in good condition".

Nadal slipped mid-court twice in the fifth game, but stayed upright to break with a cracking angled backhand.

That blip was enough for Nadal, chasing an 18th Grand Slam title, to surrender his first set of the championships.

Isner has yet to be broken at this year's tournament and saved the only break point he faced on Wednesday.

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