Novak Djokovic emerged victorious in the longest men’s singles semi final in Wimbledon history against a valiant Juan Martin Del Potro. Djokovic on his third match point hit a clean backhand down-the-line winner at the 4 hour and 43 minute mark, eclipsing the previous Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker 4 hours and 1 minute record set in 1989.
Djokovic was the first to book a place in the final. The 1.88m Djokovic enters his 11th Grand Slam final and second at Wimbledon looking to record a seventh Slam title to level with John McEnroe and Mats Wilander.
In one of the best matches in recent history there was very little difference between them, with the only semi final in the open era at Wimbledon to have two players face-off with out dropping a set along the way.
Djokovic had match points in the fourth set, yet the only other player to defeat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same Grand Slam tournament fought back to force a fifth set. The fifth set proved to be the only set that this pair of US Open champions did not go game for game through to 4-4, 5-5, 6-6 score lines.
The 2011 Wimbledon champion broke serve and served for the match when Del Potro lifted again to level at 5-5. Djokovic with 80 winners to 48, 42 points won at net from 56 attacks versus 25 net points won from 37 by Del Potro, then converted one more break point (3 of 15 opportunities) than Del Potro (2 of 7) before serving out the match.
Some highlights from Djokovic’s semi final victory are in this YouTube clip:
At 2pm in London on Sunday 7 July the 2013 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final between the top seeded Djokovic and No.2 seed Andy Murray promises to be another fiercely contested blockbuster not to be missed. Djokovic is currently favourite at 1.78, with Murray at 2.12 (odds courtesy of TAB and Luxbet respectively).
Djokovic’s path to the final:
R128 Florian Mayer (GER) 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
R64 [Q] Bobby Reynolds (USA) 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-1
R32  Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
R16  Tommy Haas (GER) 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4)
Q  Tomas Berdych (CZE) 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3
S  Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 6-3
F  Andy Murray (GBR)
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