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Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Juan Martin Del Potro soaks up his quarter final win.
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2 of the best Del Potro shots you’ll ever see gets him into Wimbledon semis
The big man from Argentina fancies his chances of adding to his US Open win of 2009.

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO saved the best until the closing stages of his Wimbledon Men’s quarter final clash against David Ferrer.

The Argentine, who claimed a Bronze Medal at SW19 during the London Olympics, beat his Spanish opponent in straight sets on Centre Court. He beat Ferrer 6-2 6-4 7-6 to set up a last four clash with Novak Djokovic, the man he defeated at London 2012.

Del Potro, the eighth seed, got off to a flyer against Ferrer and captured the first set in just over 40 minutes. The second set was a tighter affair but Del Potro constantly raised his game when the big points arose.

Ferrer showed his fighting qualities in the final set when he brought the Argentine to a tie-breaker. The players were level on 5-5 in the tie break and the Spaniard had the former US Open champion chasing back and forth across the backline. A Ferrer forehand had Del Potro scrambling but the 6′ 6″ Argentine used every inch to get to the shot and club back a cross-court winner.

Ferrer was not giving up without a fight and, after a lengthy rally, he forced Del Potro well wide of the tramlines. The 24-year-old’s answer was emphatic as he wrapped a one-handed forehand around the net-post before dropping to his back and bellowing a triumphant roar.

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He meets Djokovic, who defeated Czech seventh seed Tomas Berych in straight sets, in Friday’s semi-finals. The Serb is on the hunt for his seventh Grand Slam title. Polish outsiders Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz are next up in the quarters with the last eight ties finishing up with Andy Murray’s encounter with Fernando Verdasco.

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