Juan Martin Del Potro scraps past Simon to set up Nadal clash

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It was a case of down but definitely not out as a Rafael Nadal kept picking himself off a slippery and dusty Centre Court surface to storm into the Wimbledon semi-finals with a pulsating 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 over Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Potro, whose best run at the All England Club saw him reach the semi-finals in 2013, triumphed 7-6 (7/1) 7-6 (7/5) 5-7 7-6 (7/5) to set up a last-eight meeting with Rafael Nadal.

"It was a very emotional match with a great quality of tennis especially in the last set", Nadal said afterwards.

"Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".

"Sorry to Juan Martin, he's an fantastic opponent and player". He's an fantastic opponent, an wonderful player, in some ways he deserves the victory too'.

Nadal carved out the crucial break in the opening set for a 6-5 lead and claimed the opener off a Del Potro backhand error.

And Nadal reiterated his respect for Del Potro in his own post-match interview.

Fully fired up, the Argentine held his serve easily throughout to third before firing a huge forehand victor to break and take the set to love. Nadal broke for 3-2 but had to save break points in the sixth and eighth games before securing a memorable victory.

Del Potro looked flat as he was broken to trail 3-1 but he clawed his way back to lead 5-4 with his serve to come.

On Del Potro's next service game, Nadal ended up in the crowd after chasing down an angled shot from his opponent.

The action continued to roll in on the Del Potro serve and it was Nadal's turn to slip flat onto his back but he picked himself up and rasped a backhand victor to snatch the crucial break.

Del Potro should have levelled moments later. I don't know if it was the breeze or just a bad day from my side.

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