• Spaniard fights back to win 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4• Nadal will meet Novak Djokovic in last four on Friday
A few hours after Roger Federer’s exit from the championships, the player most observers expected to be waiting for the defending champion across the net in Sunday’s final, Rafael Nadal, continued in that direction with a five-set win of the highest quality over Juan Martín del Potro under a mellowing night sky on Centre Court.
Having cruised to the quarters for the loss of only 36 games, Nadal knew this was going to be his toughest and longest test. And so it proved in a match that got better the longer it went as he ground out a 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win in four hours and 47 minutes, the longest of the tournament. The light was fading at the end of day nine, but not in Spanish eyes.
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