Rafael Nadal edges Juan Martin del Porto in Wimbledon quarterfinals

Watch Fuming Del Potro smashes himself with racquet as Wimbledon tie is delayed

It is hard to believe, given how dominant both players have been during their careers, with 29 grand slam titles between them, that Friday's match will be the first time that Djokovic and Nadal have contested a match at Wimbledon since they faced off in the 2011 final.

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They have met on 51 previous occasions, but not at this stage of a Slam since the 2014 French Open semi-finals. Nadal won their previous encounter at the 2018 Rome Masters, winning 7-6, 6-3.

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The two have played some memorable matches over the years. So far the four matches have been really, really good for me'. "Keep on going, you can do this".

He said: 'I felt like in the last month and a half, the level of tennis has been very close to where I would like it to be, where I'm used to having it. I tried to resist, maintaining focus. Yeah, honestly it's not easy playing Novak because I don't have good records.

"Anything could happen, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon". "But every match starts from zero".

Del Potro completed an epic 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) win over Frenchman Gilles Simon after fading light interrupted their last-16 clash on Monday night with the fifth seed up two sets to one.

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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.

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 a year ago and also won their only meeting so far in 2018 in the semi-finals of the Rome Masters.

Like Federer and Anderson, Nadal and del Potro Nadal slugged it out for more than four pulsating hours before Spain's 17-times major victor finally landed the knockout punch.

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

"I will try to hold my service games most of the time".

"I'm very, very happy to be in this position right now", said the ninth seed, who has never played on Centre Court at Wimbledon. However, Nadal made a strong comeback in the second set to win it 7-5.

Djokovic will need all that belief, however, as he has not faced anything yet at Wimbledon of the level of Nadal.

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