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10 Jul 2018 by Trystan Pugh

Wimbledon 2018 – Juan Martin del Potro vs Rafael Nadal Preview

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Juan Martin del Potro vs Rafael Nadal taking place? Centre Court, Wimbledon, London

When is Juan Martin del Potro vs Rafael Nadal on and what time does it start? Wednesday 11th July, 2018 – (not before) 15:00

What television channel is Juan Martin del Potro vs Rafael Nadal on? BBC 1 (UK)

Where can I stream Juan Martin del Potro vs Rafael Nadal? The match can be streamed online via BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for Juan Martin del Potro vs Rafael Nadal? A limited number of tickets go on sale 24 hours in advance on Ticketmaster. Alternatively, you can brave the famous Wimbledon Queue!

THE LOWDOWN

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO

  • Del Potro showed his battling qualities by surviving a closely fought fourth round encounter with Gilles Simon that spanned two days, eventually coming through 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6.
  • The big-hitting Argentine has been reaching the business end of slams on a consistent basis recently and will be aiming to reach the semi-finals for the third time in his last four majors.
  • The world number four was easily dismissed in straight sets when he faced Nadal in the last four at the French Open last month, and the manner of that brutal defeat may play on his mind in the opening stages of this meeting.

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafa navigated a potential banana skin by beating Jiri Vesely in three tough sets on Monday as his confidence on grass grows with each victory.
  • The Spaniard will have his recent dismantling of Del Potro fresh in his mind as he seeks a first Wimbledon semi-final since 2011, and he also has the knowledge of having beaten the Argentine in their two previous meetings on the surface.
  • Nadal will again try to dictate with his heavy topsin forehand and he will target Del Potro's backhand from the back of the court as much as possible.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Nadal has yet to drop a set in this year's championship but this quarter-final will undoubtedly be his toughest test to date. Although the world number one made light work of Del Potro in Paris last month, this should be a more even contest on grass and it has every chance of going all the way to a deciding set.

Del Potro is likely to have periods in the match where his huge forehand is firing on all cylinders but Rafa's incredible defence will ultimately force the errors. If a deciding set is required, Nadal's superior fitness should prove to be the difference.

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