2013 Wimbledon Day Eleven
Djokovic Survives Del Potro in 5-set Epic Match; Murray Ends Janowicz Run in 4
July 05 2013 ITS Staff: Wimbledon, England - World No.1 Novak Djokovic reaches his second Wimbledon final after beating Juan Martin Del Potro in a thrilling five set match on Friday. Djokovic won 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 lasting four hours and 42 minutes. The match set a record for the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon.
Both players had entered Wimbledon’s final four without dropping a set . The Serbian star won the opener 7-5, dropped the second set 4-6, then won third-set tiebreaker before the 2009 U.S. Open champion and No.8 seed Del Potro saved two match points eventually winning the drama-filled fourth-set tiebreak 8-6 to take the match to fifth set. Djokovic clinched the match after breaking Del Potro once out of three break chances to enter his eighth career Grand Slam final.
After the match, Djokovic told the BBC Television, "It was one of the best matches I've been a part of and one of the most exciting definitely and I am privileged to be a winner of this match. It was so close that they couldn't separate us.
"Every time he was in tough situations he came up with unbelievable shots and I didn't play wrong when I was match points up. Maybe I should have been more aggressive but credit to him for fighting and I’m very proud to go through.”
The previous semi-final was four hours and one minute recorded in 1989 when Boris Becker outlasted Ivan Lendl, now Andy Murray’s coach, in five sets.
The longest Wimbledon final is when Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in 2008 at four hours and 48 minutes while the longest match ever was eleven hours and five minutes during th first-round match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010 which the former won 70-68 in the fifth set.
In a late evening match, Britain's hope Andy Murray reached his second consecutive final at Wimbledon after rallying past young Polish sensation Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes. More to follow...
Friday Gentlemen’s Singles Semi-finals
1-Novak Djokovic beat 8-Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
2-Andy Murray beat 24-Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4 6-3
July 07: Murray Defeats Djokovic in Wimbledon Final
July 06: Marion Bartoli Wins Wimbldeon Title; Golden Bryans Win
July 05: Djokovic Beats Del Potro; Murray Tops Janowicz
July 04: Bartoli Reaches Second Final, Lisicki Outlasts Radswanka
July 03: Janowicz Join Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro in Semis