Watch highlights as Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martin Del Potro to book his place in the Wimbledon semi-final after a five-set thriller.
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We had the great *privilege* to be there in person. England were playing the football so Centre Court return tickets became available. We got in for sets 3 – 5.
It was an honour to witness these gladiators battling at the highest level. The speed and depth and sound of the balls in real life is astonishing. How either of them get a racquet on them – let alone craft winners from them – is extraordinary.
The crowd were roaring for both players. The atmosphere was lit. Personally, I reserved my roars for Rafa – but the valour and skill of Delpo had to be respected and acknowledged. When Rafa went to hug him at the end, I just burst into tears, through joy, and appreciation, and sadness, and relief, and gratitude to both.
Rafa clearly felt the depth of affection from his supporters. As a top athlete, it would be impossible to stop and thank every person for their encouragement. But he seemed genuinely moved and grateful; like every person made a difference.
Very, very well done, Rafa. England loves you!
Well said Alex , and lucky you
Alex, Lucky you and thank you for sharing this with us. I cheer for Delpo except when he plays Rafa. There were lots of wet eyes in the end. I did think the crowd wanted Rafa to win, but were fair to both players. I am worried about Friday, but I will not think about it until then. Rafa just does not give up.
Alex you sound as if you really enjoyed the depth of that experience – that is something that I’m sure you will never forget.
I think that if Rafa plays his best on Friday, he will beat Djoker by frustrating him – maybe quite quickly. If he doesn’t play his best, then there’ll be a long scrap, which could go either way…but probably Djoker’s (based on preceding match lengths, and Djoker’s recent ability to find his groove when it matters). So, basically, Rafa has to play lights out to win; be offensive from the start, take advantage of Djoker’s wobbles, and *keep his first serves sharp*. As much as it counts, I think the neutrals in the crowd will be with Rafa, based on what I’ve seen/heard this tournament.
Watched last set so many times. Can’t get enough of it! 😁
No press conference yet???
This was vintage Nadal.
Rafa was soo Happy you won and soo sad that I couldn’t watch as I was travelling.
Congrats to you and Delpo – 2 sporting giants of the sport. Wonderful to read read all the comments of all the Rafa fans.
Rest well and regroup (especially mentally) for your match against Novak. You can do it!!! Just want real badly to beat him.
All the very best to you! Love you!!!
What a beautiful day it was! More to come I m sure😍
Congratulations Rafa my boy. What a fantastic game. So physical! Hope you are not too battered n bruised after all the tosses? Thought I noticed a bruise on your cheek? Such a thrill n nail biting few hours … it was worth staying up until 4 am Perth, W.A. time. Vamos, Vamos, Vamos Rafa. God bless you n keep you healthy. Your Aussie Abuela Nan Shirley. 🐂🏆👑🎉🎉🎉
Vamos Rafa. Just an amazing match.
What a great game. Just like the final. Good hard won. So proud of you. Now onto the joker. Just play like always tough confidence. He has to play to your way. Done in 3
I burst to tear when watching Rafa hugging Delpo after match point! So emotional! One of the greatest match of all times and the best QF match of all time.
Rafa, i know this SF against Djoker is gonna be very very tough for you but i believe you can win 18th grandslam at Wimbledon this year.
Everybody SAY IT WITH ME BEL18VE!!!!
Rafa how very well done.
I didn’t see the match but it sound so great.
all the best for your game against Novak,
Love and prayers,
O my I was so nervas to wach. You playing tennis it was to close .,you are amazing vamosssssssssssssss champ . Congratulations all the way to the finals 🎾🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘🏆🏆🏆🏆🎾🎾🚕🎾❤️❤️
Awesome way to bit this 5 players Rafa! Semi finals is coming. hard work and commitement. Go Rafa!
Congratulation Rafa what a match stay aggressive and win against Djokovic I know you can do it
Wow, this qtr-final has to be the most epic match of 2018 to date. I was left breathless after every shot, retrieval, tumble, somersault by both Rafa and Juan Martin. Both were herculean in their efforts and responses to overcome the other. Congrats to Rafa for finally overcoming such a super-worthy opponent. I almost wished there could be 2 winners in this match but of course thrilled Rafa finally pervailed to advance to the semi-finals after several years.
Juan Martin will have plenty of opportunities the way he competes and plays with such heart and passion just like Rafa. It is such a pleasure and priviledge to watch these 2 amazing competitors. I truly love these guys.
Note; Forgot to congratulate Juan Martin DelPotro
You played great Juan. I admire your passion. Marylynn
The Ultimate Warrior-way to fight back! 💪👊👍👏👑❤️Good luck against Nole🍀
Congratulations Rafa, Proud of you. Stay healthy, confident,intense, feel good on court so you that you are able to play your best (as well as great) tennis during your semifinal match. God bless you Rafa. Love, Marylynn
Sorry it was a typo. I was trying to give “Like” to other comments, but it just wouldn’t let me do it for some reason. 🙁
What a match, what a fighter both Rafa and Del Potro are! I’m so happy and so proud of Rafa! Rest and recharge, best of the luck in SF! We’re all behind you!!
Can I get a VAMOS Rafa Nation?!?