Djokovic beats del Potro in marathon

Last updated 05:26 06/07/2013
Fairfax Australia

In the longest Wimbledon semi-final in history, Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin Del Potro in five sets, setting up a final clash with Andy Murray.

Wimbledon 2013
Reuters Zoom
Andy Murray lifts the Wimbledon trophy.
Novak Djokovic
Getty Images
MARATHON MATCH: It took 4 hours and 43 minutes for Novak Djokovic to overcome Juan Martin del Potro to reach the Wimbledon final.

Related Links

Wimbledon 2013 Crowd helps Murray avoid Wimbledon slip Big names cheering on Britain's Andy Murray Lisicki vs Bartoli final - a real clash of styles German Sabine Lisicki into first Wimbledon final Bartoli eases into second Wimbledon final

Relevant offers


Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic to play at ASB Classic in Auckland Roddick: Serena Williams deserves Sports Illustrated sportsman of the year award Britain counting on Murrays to bring home Davis Cup Tennis' Davis Cup final will go ahead in Ghent - local organisers Fast4 Tennis coming to Southland Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer to win ATP World Tour Finals British Davis Cup team delay travel plans amid Belgium security concerns Djokovic-Federer to clash in ATP final Four-time winner David Ferrer to be given wildcard for Auckland Classic Stan Wawrinka knocks home hope Andy Murray out of ATP World Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic withstood a ferocious onslaught from Juan Martin Del Potro to subdue the Argentine 7-5 4-6 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-3 in a titanic Wimbledon semi-final today.

The top seed needed all his skill and fighting spirit to tame the eighth-seeded Del Potro who made light of his knee injury to keep the world number one on court for four hours 43 minutes, the longest semi-final ever seen at Wimbledon.

"It was one of the best matches I've been a part of, one of the most exciting. It was so close," said a hugely relieved Djokovic.

"I could not separate us, apart from when I was 2-1 up and a break up, and I dropped serve. That's why he's a grand slam champion. He came up with some top shots ... credit to him."

Djokovic broke in the 12th game of the first set to win it 7-5 but former U.S. Open winner Del Potro took the Serbian's serve midway through the second set and levelled the match on a baking Centre Court.

Del Potro saved three set points at 5-6 in the third but Djokovic stepped up his level to romp through the tiebreak 7-2.

The top seed struck again with a break in the seventh game of the fourth set but Del Potro broke straight back and saved two match points in an incredible tiebreak before taking it 8-6.

Djokovic broke again to lead 5-3 in the deciding set and he recovered from 0-30 down to seal victory with a searing backhand down the line.

Djokovic will play second seed Andy Murray or Jerzy Janowicz, seeded 24th, in the final on Sunday when he will bid for his second Wimbledon title and seventh grand slam crown.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content