While his tournament is over, two of his long-time rivals at the top of tennis set up a semifinal showdown: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Nadal, who’s won two of his 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon, edged 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a wildly entertaining match that featured diving shots by both and lasted 4 hours, 48 minutes. Djokovic, whose 12 major championships include three from the All England Club, got to his first Grand Slam semifinal since 2016 by beating No. 24 seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The thin line between victory and defeat.Until today, Roger Federer had never lost at #Wimbledon having held match point… pic.twitter.com/GXtjW8Dkr7 — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2018
In Friday’s other men’s match, Anderson will face No. 9 John Isner, the 33-year-old American who reached his first major semifinal in his 41st try by eliminating 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3. Isner hit 25 aces, saved the only break point he faced, and has won all 95 of his service games in the tournament.
Now Nadal or Djokovic can inch closer to Federer on the all-time Majors list:Federer – 20 Nadal – 17 Sampras – 14 Djokovic – 12 pic.twitter.com/UcFgZbXUiH — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 11, 2018