Nadal: Novak will be a tough opponent

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There's no doubt Djokovic will be the fresher of the two when they meet on Friday, after Del Potro took a lot out of Nadal.

But the 31-year-old has been rejuvenated at Wimbledon, sweeping into the semi-finals for the eighth time.

The victor will play either John Isner or Kevin Anderson in Sunday's final.

Nadal's total of nine Grand Slam match-wins against Djokovic is the most that anyone has managed against the Serb, but Djokovic has also defeated Nadal at the Grand Slams more often than anybody else, with 4 victories against the Spaniard at the majors.

A match that set the record for the longest Grand Slam final in history.

One that is reminiscent of Nadal's five-set classic against Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final.

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.

Nadal and Djokovic will be meeting for the 52nd time in their career, with Djokovic leading their head-to-head 26-25.

'Always is a big challenge face Novak. He's one of the more complex players that I ever saw on our sport. It is always a big test. You know that you can not win against Novak if you don't play well.

"I've done a lot of things well since I am back from injury".

He showed signs of recovering at the French Open before a shock loss in the quarter-finals against unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato, then reached the Queen's final where more mental fragility proved his undoing against Marin Cilic.

Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time. "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". He played well. I believe I increased a little bit the level in the fourth and the fifth.

When he lost in the French Open quarter-finals to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato last month, he even suggested he was ready to skip Wimbledon this year as his ranking slipped to 22, his lowest since August 2006.

"Of course I was anxious when I lost the second set", Nadal said.

"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.

I'd want in excess of [2.06] on Isner, in truth, but I'd much rather favour him at prices than Anderson, who obviously has the already-discussed negative of a long match against the tournament favourite in the last round, as well as losing their last five main tour head to head matches - albeit from a while ago. Of course, have been an emotional match.

Anderson comes to the final Friday with the biggest possible boost after coming from two sets and match-point down to beat the eight-times champion, Roger Federer, in a heart-stopping match on No 1 Court, the Swiss's first visit there since 2015.

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He has one Slam final appearance in that span.

Del Potro trailed 1-3 but at 5-5 he fired down an ace to reach match point number five 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. He said he's not done with the tournament.

"I felt like it was getting better and better as time went on".

John Isner is headed to his first Grand Slam semifinal.

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