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Wimbledon | Del Potro completes last eight

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.”

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for 30 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one out on Pitch Publishing called The King of White Hart Lane: The Authorised Biography of Alan Gilzean, a Tottenham Hotspur, Dundee and Scotland footballing icon. It is a follow up to Glory, Glory Lane related to the 118-year history of Spurs at White Hart Lane.

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