Del Potro and Nadal share a hug after their Wimbledon epic

Del Potro and Nadal share a hug after their Wimbledon epic

Del Potro and Nadal share a hug after their Wimbledon epic

You then have the six-hour epic in the 2012 Australian Open final, which went Djokovic's way, the 2013 French Open semi-final, which went Nadal's way.

Nadal leads their series 26-25 heading into Friday's match, including 9-4 at Grand Slam tournaments.

While Nadal hasn't really been off the scene at all, Djokovic is ending a string of five straight majors in which he didn't play a semifinal match - his longest such stretch since 2006.

John Isner will play no-Trumps but a lot of aces in his first Wimbledon semi-final on Friday as, despite a cheeky invitation this week from the flagpole-tall American, the president and the first lady will be having afternoon tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle at about the time Big John puts his umpteenth free point past Kevin Anderson.

"There is no one other match in the history of tennis that has been played more than our match".

After more than a year of trouble, Djokovic finally had surgery in February, then took a while to find his groove.

For his part, Djokovic is eyeing a 13th major after making the semifinals of a Slam for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

Whoever wins will surely be favored in the final against either John Isner or Kevin Anderson.

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He lost to Nadal in last year's US Open.

While Djokovic saw through Kei Nishikori with relative ease, winning the match in 4 sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, Nadal played one of the best matches of the season so far as he prevailed in 5 sets over Juan Martin Del Potro, winning the match 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in over four hours. He said he's not done with the tournament.

Both men are in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time.

Both men are in the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time.

The victor will automatically be favored against whoever emerges from the Kevin Anderson and John Isner match.

While Nadal's rivalry with Roger Federer may be considered as the most engaging, it is the Spaniard's rivalry with Djokovic which is the most enduring.

"I must be honest, after those first two sets I didn't think he had a chance of beating Federer", the 60-year-old Curren told Netwerk24. "I felt like I did some good business here in the past already", he said.

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