Rafael Nadal feels 'sorry' for Roger Federer after shock Wimbledon exit

Juan Martin del Potro

"Congratulations to Kevin Anderson for reaching the men's singles semi-finals", Ramaphosa tweeted on Thursday.

Spain's Nadal and Serbia's Djokovic have won 29 Grand Slam titles between them, including five previous victories at SW19.

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

The surprise presence of Anderson and Isner means this year's Wimbledon semi-finals will feature players all over the age of 30 for the first time in the Open era.

"We have always considered him an ambassador and he continues to wave the flag".

After the match, the second seed told the BBC: 'It was a very emotional match - great qualify of tennis.

Djokovic leads their epic head-to-head rivalry 26-25. He started 2018 in politician's mode, arguing for a new union to represent the interests of male tennis players.

The French Open champion will next face Novak Djokovic in a clash of two former champions following the Serbian's success over Kei Nishikori earlier on Wednesday. Defeats against Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire left him nursing three straight defeats on the tour for the first time since 2007.

Djokovic, however, has surprised many with his surge to the last four, although he reached the final of the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's last month. "I can't really remember it". "I tried to resist and maintain focus".

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

Rafael Nadal is only too familiar with the adrenaline rush that surges through his body after winning an electrifying five-set thriller in four hours and 48 minutes on Wimbledon's Centre Court. Playing Djokovic was the sternest test and he came through a dramatic five-setter dubbed the greatest clay-court match of all-time by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.

The fourth-round match resumed on Tuesday afternoon after bad light had stopped play on Monday with the Argentinian leading by two sets to one.

But, for all that Isner is on a high, literally and figuratively, Anderson's win over Federer could be the key to this match.

Anderson is the first South African to make the last-four since Kevin Curren in 1983.

I know in the semi-finals of Wimbledon you will not have an easy opponent. But I'm glad with my tournament.

"I will try to hold my service games most of the time".

"Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is definitely one I'm going to remember. I think Rafa, in the end deserves to win once again".

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