But while Nadal and three-time champion Djokovic were expected to win, and Isner seeded to do so over Raonic, Anderson had never even extracted a set from Federer in four previous meetings. Nadal was back to needing one game to claim the set.
"I will try to hold my service games most of the time".
But the same goes for the 32-year-old Anderson, who also reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal, and now semifinal, this week.
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Djokovic's fall from grace found him ranked at 21st in the ATP World Rankings before the start of the tournament, but his path back to the top is being cleared, and he will face this year's French Open champion Nadal for the 52nd time in the pairs career. Sorry to Juan Martin, he's an fantastic opponent and incredible player.
Like Federer and Anderson, Nadal and del Potro Nadal slugged it out for more than four pulsating hours before Spain's 17-times major victor finally landed the knockout punch.
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.
Nadal saved three break points before an imperious forehand victor put him 5-3 up and he put away a simple volley to finally finish off Del Potro, then made his way around the net to embrace his tired opponent as he lay on the court following another tumble.
One such chase left Nadal toppling into the arms of a stunned woman sitting in the front row as he failed to put on the breaks as he dashed after a Del Potro smash.
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I know in the semi-finals of Wimbledon you will not have an easy opponent.
"I said at the beginning of the tournament, getting through to the quarters was a big goal of mine", he said.
Isner, 33, will be playing in his first major semi-final and is bidding to become the first American man to reach a Slam final since Andy Roddick finished Wimbledon runner-up in 2009. I'd guess that Rafa will have more self-belief than Djokovic in the early going.
"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some fantastic points", said 2008 and 2010 champion Nadal.
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