Del Potro sets up quarter-final showdown with Nadal

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"After nearly five hours match, I fell down".

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

"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some unbelievable points", said 2008 and 2010 champion Nadal.

"I'm sorry for Juan Martin". He's an wonderful opponent and awesome player.

In a match suspended from Monday night due to darkness with the Argentine star two sets to one ahead, Del Potro sealed victory on a fifth match point after nearly four and a half hours of action on Court Two.

But the Argentinian played some of his best tennis and led by two sets to one before Nadal showed remarkable determination to force his way back into the match.

The world number one, playing in his first All England Club quarter-final since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011, then wasted four set points in the second.

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.

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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.

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.

In the decider, the pair played the point of the tournament.

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

Del Potro trailed 1-3 but at 5-5 he fired down an ace to reach match point number five and this time Simon cracked, netting a backhand to the relief of the Argentine who roared his approval, happy to conserve energy before taking on Nadal.

Del Potro should have levelled moments later. "I am just excited to be in the semis".

And he served it out to book a tie with three-time champion Djokovic.

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