Del Potro and Nadal share a hug after their Wimbledon epic

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

None of his opening four opponents were ranked inside the world top 50, meaning he faced a huge jump in class against world number four Juan Martin del Potro in Wednesday's semi-final.

Djokovic and Nishikori will play the first match on Centre Court, followed by arguably the pick of the quarter-finals between Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, meaning Federer must make a rare visit to Court One.

With Roger Federer knocked out by Kevin Anderson, who faces John Isner in the other semi-final, both Nadal and Djokovic have an ideal opportunity to add to their Slam collections. I tried to resist and maintain focus. Nadal is through to a Grand Slam semi-final for the fifth time since turning 30 while Djokovic has reached the last-four at a major for the first time since his 30th birthday.

Anderson's experience of having already won a grand slam semi-final may also be a factor here.

"After five years of first-round losses here, I think I've grown a lot to get to the semi-finals".

Djokovic came into the Championships on the back of a frustrating year which was blighted by an elbow injury and saw him slide down the world rankings as a result.

The Swiss was expected to cruise through to the latter stages of the tournament and even then should have benefitted from the absence of Andy Murray and fitness struggles for Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

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While you were watching the World Cup semi-final last night, and before that, while you were desperately trying to get out of work to go home and watch the World Cup semi-final, there was a day for ages playing out at Wimbledon, featuring, of course, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.

Nadal advances to his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011. Can Nadal's body stand up to another tough test less than 48 hours after playing for 12 minutes short of five hours with Del Potro?

After a hectic clay-court season where he won the Monte Carlo, Rome and French Open titles, Nadal made a decision to go into Wimbledon without playing a warm-up event on grass for the second year running.

The fourth-round match resumed on Tuesday afternoon after bad light had stopped play on Monday with the Argentinian leading by two sets to one.

But Nadal was first to break in the deciding set and he built a 5-3 advantage with a looped forehand victor before confirming his final four place with a volley after four hours and 48 minutes.

Ninth-seeded Isner has hit a tournament-high 135 aces on his way to reaching his first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

"I'm like, "You don't have to be sorry. I think I can keep doing damage here".

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