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Del Potro Sets Up Wimbledon Quarter-Final Clash With Nadal

Del Potro Sets Up Wimbledon Quarter-Final Clash With Nadal

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro met stubborn resistance from Frenchman Gilles Simon and had to settle for a suspension of their Wimbledon fourth round match as he led 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5) 5-7 after more than three hours on Court Two on Monday.

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. Despite handing back an early break in the opening set, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and then wrapped up the set.

He eventually finished off the world No.53 in the third tiebreak to move into his second Wimbledon quarter-final where twice champion Nadal is waiting.

The big Argentine was looking to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Rafael Nadal, looking to avenge his defeat by the Spaniard, seeded second at Wimbledon, in the French Open semi-finals last month.

"It will be a different match that we played in Paris a few weeks ago", Del Potro said.

With world number one Rafael Nadal waiting for the victor, Tuesday's fourth set, played in much cooler conditions than the first three the day before, turned into a mini-epic before Del Potro eventually prevailed 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5) 5-7 7-6 (5).

Del Potro trailed 1-3 but, at 5-5 in the tiebreaker, he fired down an ace to reach match point No.5 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 fell 4-1 behind in the third set after Simon broke in the third game.

"I think I will be in good condition".

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.