Anderson v Isner: Battle of the giants

Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

"Sorry to Juan Martin, he's an unbelievable opponent and player".

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

So, too, did what happened next after Nadal won 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday and earned a trip to the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2011: He went over to give del Potro a lengthy hug.

John Isner will play no-Trumps but a lot of aces in his first Wimbledon semi-final on Friday as, despite a cheeky invitation this week from the flagpole-tall American, the president and the first lady will be having afternoon tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle at about the time Big John puts his umpteenth free point past Kevin Anderson. I tried to resist and maintain focus. I know Novak is playing great. The final score line read 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in favor of the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

But, for all that Isner is on a high, literally and figuratively, Anderson's win over Federer could be the key to this match.

But in a spectacular showing, the 2017 US Open runner-up reeled off three in a row to surge to within a match of a second grand slam final in 10 months.

It doesn't get much bigger than that, which means the question now becomes: Will such a titanic victory build Anderson's confidence, or will it lead to a letdown, as it has for so many others who have knocked off Federer at the Slams over the years? Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself. He's playing well. The only way to try to win it is to play very well.

The Majorcan, who is the world number one but seeded second at Wimbledon, looked refreshed as he breezed through his opening four matches without dropping a set.

After seven weeks out with a serious knee injury, many doubted if Nadal would regain his crown as the "King of Clay".

While Nadal and Djokovic are old hands at winning Slams, the man stood on the opposite side of the net in Sunday's final will be bidding to win a first major.

"I think she said, "I'm sorry", Bertens said. "Keep on going, you can do this".

Federer squandered a match point and let slip a two-set lead for only the fifth time in his 20-year career as big-serving South African Kevin Anderson notched a famous 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 quarter-final triumph over the eight-times champion.

But the 31-year-old has been rejuvenated at Wimbledon, sweeping into the semi-finals for the eighth time. Yet the latter is in the better form overall and remains formidable once he gets to the business end of a tournament.

"Of course I was anxious when I lost the second set", Nadal said.

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