Rafael Nadal feels 'sorry' for Roger Federer after shock Wimbledon exit

Del Potro faces challenges on return to Wimbledon quarters

"Of course I was anxious when I lost the second set", said Nadal, who had reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set and might have continued that run had he not squandered four set points, including one with a double fault, in the tiebreak.

But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they sprinted after blinding winners.

The two-time victor will meet Novak Djokovic in the last four on Friday.

"I play Los Cabos in Mexico - the beach", he smiled. "I've tried to build the momentum and I've been very pleased with the way I've been playing in the grass court season". Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was knocked out in the quarter-finals by an inspired Kevin Anderson, who came back from two sets down and a match point down to send the no. 1 seed packing.

Nadal had three set points to go up two-sets-to-love earlier in the match.

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"He deserved to win today".

When he finally prevailed after four hours and 48 minutes, Nadal - and del Potro - received a rousing standing ovation from the packed crowd including another living legend left-hander Rod Laver in the Royal Box.

Nadal, 32, and Djokovic, 31, meet in a highly anticipated Wimbledon semi-final at about 16:30 BST on Friday. He played well in the latter two sets of his four-set triumph over Kei Nishikori - a match that lasted "just" 158 minutes - and created 14 break point chances in 17 return games.

"You know that you can't win against him if you don't play very well".

This time a year ago, few would have expected to see either man back in the last-four at the All England Club.

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. Maybe I don't have a good record with him, but I always enjoy playing him'. Of course, have been an emotional match. The most important was pushing forward: The Spaniard went to the net a total of 23 times over the first three sets, and upped that to 24 over the last two, winning the point on 19 of those. But at the same time I'm trying to use the experience and memories I have of being in the final stages of a Grand Slam and take things simple, day by day. "I'm not going to change that now", said the American.

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