Rafael Nadal wins the second set against Novak Djokovic

Order of Play Day 9 Federer Nadal Djokovic in quarter-final action

Order of Play Day 9 Federer Nadal Djokovic in quarter-final action

Today sees the men's singles semi-finals take place at Wimbledon, and looking forward to two excellent match-ups, is our tennis columnist, Dan Weston.

Incidently, the Nadal versus Del Potro match lasted exactly the same length as Rafa's win against Roger Federer in the 2008 final.

Whoever wins will surely be favored in the final against either John Isner or Kevin Anderson.

Now it's World No. 1 Nadal facing a Djokovic who is enjoying a renaissance of his own.

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With the players tied at 16-16 in the deciding set, they had gone past the 5 hours, 31 minutes that a third-round match between Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic took in 2012. "That's a big thing". This was Nadal's 14th Grand Slam, tying him at second with Pete Sampras and only behind Roger Federer.

Isner, who leads Anderson 8-3 in past meetings, is making his debut in the final four of a Grand Slam tournament in his 41st appearance at one.

- Nadal and Djokovic meet for the 52nd time.

Suffering from pain in his back, ribs and cramping legs, Novak Djokovic was face-down beside the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, getting treatment. It is always a big test.

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.

In arguably the grandest, and statistically the most frequent, showdown of the Open era, the momentum has swung this way then that.

Nadal is through to a Grand Slam semifinal for the 5th time since turning 30, while Djokovic has reached the last 4 at a major for the first time since his 30th birthday.

"I know he's playing very well", the Spaniard said. I tried to resist, maintaining focus.

"You have to accept that if you want to win important things". He went 4-3 in front, before closing out the set to increase the pressure on Nadal.

"Friday is another important match against an opponent that is one of the most hard ones that you can face".

When the 4 hours, 48 minutes of diving across the grass and leaping into the stands, of slipping and sliding, of so many moments of great tension - and, above all, great tennis - were done, when Rafael Nadal had sealed his Wimbledon quarterfinal victory, the man he edged, Juan Martin del Potro, was face-down at a Centre Court baseline.

Nadal nearly took out an elderly lady before kissing her on the hand as he collected himself among the fans, much to the crowd's delight. "And for the fans, too".

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