World No 1 Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat at the quarter-final on Wednesday against world No 8, Kevin Anderson.
Federer who has not lost a set at the tournament was denied his ninth Wimbledon title after a 6-2,7-5(7-5),5-7, 4-6,11-13 defeat.
But his long-time rival Rafael Nadal during an interview at the All England Club on Wednesday said he ‘feels sorry ‘for the Swiss after his shock exit.
Nadal will on Friday, fight for a place in the final against Djokovic will while eighth seed Anderson will face John Isner, seeded ninth, for a place in the final.
When asked if Nadal was aware of Federer exit, he said “I was playing tennis. I was not thinking much about what was going on in the other court,”
“Now is a reality that Federer is not here. He lost. That’s part of our sport. That’s all. I’m sorry for him, of course.
“But is impossible to win always, even for him.
“That’s how works in this sport. Even more here on grass. Just feel sorry for him and congrats to Kevin. Can’t say anything else.”
Nadal now looks forward to winning his third Wimbledon title and 18th Grand slam if he emerges victorious on Friday.