ATP Wimbledon: Juan Martin del Potro edges Simon to set up Nadal clash


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ATP Wimbledon: Juan Martin del Potro edges Simon to set up Nadal clash

World number 4 Juan Martin del Potro is the last player who secured the place in the quarter-final at Wimbledon, battling past Gilles Simon 7-6 7-6 5-7 7-6 in 4 hours and 24 minutes, the longest encounter we have seen so far at Wimbledon this year! Starting from New Haven in 2007, these two have had some serious battles in the past and this was Delpo's fifth win in eight encounters, the third in the last four matches against Gilles.

This was the 32nd win for the Argentinian in 2018 and his 88th at Grand Slams, the 21st at Wimbledon, and he will play in the quarter-final for the second time after 2013 when he lost to Novak in the semis after an epic battle.

Juan Martin is also the third Argentinian who has reached the quarter-final at all four Majors at least twice after Guillermo Vilas and David Nalbandian. Del Potro won 10 points more but Simon was the one who grabbed more breaks, converting five out of 15 chances and saving 16 out of 20 break points he faced, but it wasn't enough to push him over the top, losing all three tie breaks to end his run in the last 16.

The first set offered eight break chances, five for Simon, but no one was able to convert any and they reached the tie break where del Potro prevailed 7-1 with four mini-breaks. The first breaks finally came in games seven and eight of the second set and it was Simon who fends off four set points in the marathon 12th game to reach another tie break, losing it 7-5 to find himself in even bigger trouble.

Gilles won the third set 7-5 after two breaks and they had to suspend the match last night due to darkness, hitting the court again today to continue the great fight. Nothing could separate them after breaks in games four and five and Juan Martin earned another one at 4-4 to serve for the match in game 10.

Facing the ultimate challenge, Simon saved four match points and he converted the fourth break point to level the score at 5-5 and extend his chances in this super exciting encounter. The tie break brought more good tennis and it was the Argentinian who went through after a crucial mini-break in the 12th point that secured his place in the quarter, setting up a clash against Rafael Nadal. Fourth round result:

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