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Nadal in last four; Anderson shocks Federer

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By Erel Cabatbat

Rafael Nadal turned back the hands of time and the determined bid of Juan Martin Del Potro to seal his ticket in the 2018 Wimbledon semifinals.

Ten years after winning his first title at the All England grandslam event, Nadal dug deep after trailing his Argentine foe 2 sets to 1 before prevailing 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Defending and eight-time champ Roger Federer, however, was not lucky in his quarterfinal match-up against Kevin Anderson.

The South African engineered what could be the biggest comeback ever recorded in Wimbledon after coming back from a two set hole and nerve-wracking fifth set to upset Federer, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

It was Anderson’s biggest win in his career and his first against Federer in five matches.

American John Isner also recorded a career-defining win.

Isner drubbed former finalist Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals for the first time in his career.

He will face Anderson in the semis.