Wimbledon: How the Djokovic-Nadal semi-final will be won - and lost

Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

Overall, Djokovic leads the head to head 26-25, but Nadal won their most recent grand-slam meeting - the 2014 French Open final, in four sets.

Nadal's reward is a place in the 28th Grand Slam semi-final of his career, and a 52nd showdown with long-time rival Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal is bracing for another titanic battle with Novak Djokovic as tennis's most abiding rivalry returns to Wimbledon's Centre Court for a blockbuster semi-final.

The 32-year-old Anderson will vie for the title on Sunday against the victor of the match between Nadal, the world No. 1, and three-time champion Novak Djokovic.

- The victor between Kevin Anderson and John Isner will go second on the Open era list for most attempts before reaching the Wimbledon final behind Marin Cilic, who set the record previous year after reaching the final on his 11th Wimbledon appearance.

Through five wins in London, the 31-year-old has dropped just two sets and has wrapped up every match in less than three hours.

The victor will play either John Isner or Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final.

"He is one of the more complex players that I ever saw in our sport".

After claiming the first set by a single break, Nadal lost the next two by tight margins as Del Potro stole the show on Centre Court with acrobatic shot-making and a total of 33 aces behind his serve. Watch Nadal vs Djokovic live stream online on ESPN TV this morning at 11 am EST / 8 am PST for what could and hopefully will be a five set marathon to determine the victor.

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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.

Another player who needed a decider was Rafa Nadal, as he squeezed past Juan Martin Del Potro to land us a victor from our recommended bet, but the after-effects of these arduous wins for Anderson and Nadal may not help them in their quest to reach Sunday's final. He seems to have returned to form, as he has been excellent at Wimbledon.

It's something the US Open is going to introduce this year without consulting players. Because of the length of the first match, that semifinal will be played with the roof closed.

Isner's grass data over the last two years is also marginally better than Anderson's, so he does look to hold a slight edge in his quest to reach his first ever Grand Slam final.

Nadal meanwhile revealed he expected a stern challenge from Djokovic despite having beaten him nine times in 13 matches at Grand Slams.

Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson will square-off against John Isner.

I think I played really good tennis today.

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