"There is no one other match in the history of tennis that has been played more than our match".
"I'm sorry for him, of course", said Nadal.
"We have always considered him an ambassador and he continues to wave the flag".
Their 12-year rivalry stands at 26-25 in favor of Djokovic, but those numbers don't reflect the topsy-turvy nature of the on-court relationship between the Spaniard and the Serb.
The pair have produced some of the greatest matches ever seen - which include memorable Grand Slam finals and career-defining victories.
Isner leads their head to head 8-3, and he has won their last five meetings; the last time Anderson turned the tables against his fellow flamethrower was in 2012.
The French Open champion will next face Novak Djokovic in a clash of two former champions following the Serbian's success over Kei Nishikori earlier on Wednesday. "You know that you can't win against him if you don't play very well". Nadal was back to needing one game to claim the set.
"I just try to build the momentum".
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England were eventually knocked out of that tournament by Germany on a penalty shootout, Southgate the only man to fail with his spot kick.
After a hectic clay-court season where he won the Monte Carlo, Rome and French Open titles, Nadal chose to go into Wimbledon without playing a warm-up event on grass for the second year running.
Goerges had to do it the hard way after coming from a set down against the Dutch No.20 seed to win 3-6 7-5 6-1 and set up a showdown with the formidable Serena Williams.
Moments later, Nadal's level dipped, allowing Juan Martín del Potro back into their quarter-final match.
When he finally prevailed after four hours and 48 minutes, Nadal - and del Potro - received a rousing standing ovation from the packed crowd including another living legend left-hander Rod Laver in the Royal Box.
After seven weeks out with a serious knee injury, many doubted if Nadal would regain his crown as the "King of Clay".
Having crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon for five consecutive times, Goerges' emotions spilled over at the end of the match after she embraced Bertens at the net.
While the Federer exit, to South African Kevin Anderson, losing 13-11 in the final set, is what will sadden most viewers and grab what there are of tennis headlines today, Nadal coming from two sets to one down against perennial almost man Juan Martin Del Potro produced perhaps the most unbelievable tennis of the day, and definitely the moment of the tournament.