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Wimbledon 2018, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Semi-final

Wimbledon 2018, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Semi-final

Djokovic had three match points but could not capitalise and Nadal won the match 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

Rather overshadowed by a certain football match on Wednesday was the men's quarter-finals, which saw the odds-on tournament favourite, Roger Federer, dumped out by Kevin Anderson in a dramatic fifth set.

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A set littered with one lengthy rally after another, eventually went to Nadal on serve, finally giving him the match. "That's a big thing".

"We always played in important stages, important places".

Roger Federer seemed to be on a run at Wimbledon.

The pair have produced some of the greatest matches ever seen - which include memorable Grand Slam finals and career-defining victories.

And that's where he'll meet Rafael Nadal for the 52nd time.

"Always it is a big challenge to face Novak", Nadal said.

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We will still be thinking of the semi-final defeat, and what could have been, but of course I want to play. I know the taste of losing a final. "We are only focused on our game and our performance", he said.

He looked flat as he was broken to trail 1-3 but he clawed his way back to lead 5-4 with his serve to come.

In arguably the grandest, and statistically the most frequent, showdown of the Open era, the momentum has swung this way then that. "I'm a different person, different player today", Djokovic said. He's playing well. Only way to try to win it is play very well.

After a hectic clay-court season where he won the Monte Carlo, Rome and French Open titles, Nadal made a decision to go into Wimbledon without playing a warm-up event on grass for the second year running.

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

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After smoothly slicing through his first four matches the five-set struggle over four hours and 47 minutes, the longest of the tournament, was probably Nadal's ideal preparation for Djokovic, who will test his stamina and movement in entirely different ways, with swift changes of direction rather than raw power and, if it is singing, his serve. Of course, have been an emotional match.

Djokovic was still awaiting his first win against Nadal on clay and he came agonisingly close, yet again, in the 2013 French Open semi-final.

"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.

Rafael Nadal has a bit of that on his side, with the world No.1 the sole player from the top seven in the men's rankings to reach the semi-finals.

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

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