Wimbledon | Del Potro completes last eight
JUAN Martin Del Potro earned a Wimbledon quarter-final date with Rafa Nadal by completing a 7-6(1) 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) victory over Gilles Simon.
It was the first time in five years the Argentine, who has comeback from long-term wrist injuries, has been able to ensure a tilt at the semi-finals
He's two metres tall. He's serving from the sky. He's serving a lot of aces. I'm able to return when I can reach the ball, but it's very often that I'm not reaching the ball. Gilles Simon
The fifth seed led the unseeded Frenchman by two sets to one when play was suspended through bad light the previous evening.
But del Potro completed the win in the fourth-set tie-break after dropping his serve and failing to convert four match points.
Simon said: “We both preferred to come back. I always had good stats on his return but it’s obviously not a shot where you feel good. He’s two metres tall. He’s serving from the sky. He’s serving a lot of aces. I’m able to return when I can reach the ball, but it’s very often that I’m not reaching the ball. I think he served 20 aces.
“With a player like him, it’s useless to make him play. That’s something, for example, I did in the tiebreak. One point I just pushed the return in. With the forehand he has, it’s like a penalty for him. You are getting nowhere with that.
“That’s why I was more guessing on one side and really trying to go for it, even then if he was serving a lot of aces. But that’s the plan. I go, I hit. You have to give him something or the point is over.”