Only problem was that on Wednesday nobody was rushing out to roll out the green carpet and hand over the trophy as the Spaniard's 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro had merely secured him a semi-final with Novak Djokovic. Nadal and Del Potro slugged it out in a quarter-final that lasted nearly five hours, with Nadal eventually winning 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Every single set was hard-earned, with Nadal taking the first 7-5 before Del Potro evened things up on a tiebreak in the second. "It's true that he played two great points with his serve, but that double fault was a big mistake".
The fifth seed, who also lost to Nadal in the semi-finals of the French Open, bounced back from a set down to claim a closely-contested tie-break in the second.
It was Rafa's resilience, his intensity to find a way to come out on top [that made the difference].
"It was a very emotional match. great quality tennis, especially in the last set there were some wonderful points". "It was great to me to play Rafa in this level". El Espanol revealed it. 'I am coming from being in the cold water and now I have to rest', Nadal said in his post-match press conference at around 10:00 PM.
One such chase left Nadal toppling into the arms of a stunned woman sitting in the front row as he failed to put on the breaks as he dashed after a Del Potro smash.
Nadal saved a break point at 2-2, then took the lead courtesy of a strong backhand.
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"Then I think all the things that happened in that final was much more dramatic than this one".
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.
Nadal caught Del Potro napping in the fifth game of the fourth set, breaking him to love to lead 3-2.
With 78 winners and 27 aces, del Potro packed too many guns for tenacious Simon, who fought doggedly to save four match points. "I think the key of the match was only three, four points in the end, and he took the chances". You know that you can't win against him if you don't play very well.
"Friday is another important match against an opponent who is one of the most hard ones that you can face". After almost five hours on court, his immensely talented opponent was still capable of hurling down thunderbolts.
Stretching back to past year, Federer has won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon and will break his previous longest streak of 34 if he wins in straight sets.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation in their men's singles match on the seventh day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 9, 2018. We always played in important stages, important places.