Novak Djokovic can beat Rafael Nadal, suggests Kei Nishikori

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Top-ranked Rafael Nadal outlasted Juan Martin del Potro in a crowd-pleasing five-set duel to reach his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011. He picked himself up and dusted himself down to play on for another eight games, but it was a different story an hour later when there was nothing left to fight for. "After nearly five hours of running and playing at this high level against the No. 1 in the world and lost, it's not good for me". I was close to beating him and I couldn't.

For his part, Djokovic is eyeing a 13th major after making the semi-finals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

The world number one then wasted four set points in the second.

One of those was on double fault in the tiebreak and the giant Argentine pounced to level the tie.

Djokovic has the slight edge at overall Tour-level at 26-25, but Nadal ended a seven-match losing streak against the Serb at Madrid previous year and also won their only meeting so far in 2018 in the semi-finals of the Rome Masters.

Nadal broke for 3-2 but had to save break points in the sixth and eighth games before securing a memorable victory.

"At the moment I'm feeling sad", del Porto told reporters.

"It´s not good for me".

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Champion in 2008 and 2010, Nadal will face off with Djokovic for a record 52nd time on Friday after the Serb earlier ended Kei Nishikori's campaign with a controversy-laden 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 triumph over the Asian ace.

Novak Djokovic 7/5, Rafael Nadal 6/4, John Isner 7/1, Kevin Anderson 7/1.

Spain's Nadal and Serbia's Djokovic have won 29 Grand Slam titles between them, including five previous victories at SW19.

The Spaniard proved it with a daring chase-down attempt during his win over Juan Martin del Potro overnight, climbing into the stands after trying to reach a ball.

Del Potro trails Nadal 10-5 in head-to-head meetings - his five wins all coming on hardcourts. Maybe in the second set he was little bit down, but he came back again with strong tennis.' Analyzing the match overall, the Japanese stated: 'Well, maybe wasn't my really best, but I thought I was playing good enough. "I have to come to the net very often and play hard with my forehands, with my backhands, and try to take all the chances".

Nadal ended the four hour and 48 minute thriller with a backhand volley victor past a lunging Del Potro who ended the contest lying flat on his stomach.

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

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