Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic into final after epic win over Juan Martin del Potro

Del Potro saved two match points in fourth-set tiebreaker, and after he won it 8-6, the match hit the 4-hour mark. The previous longest semifinal was a 4:01 contest between Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl in 1989.

updated: July 06, 2013 02:01 IST
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London: Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 on Friday in the longest Wimbledon semi-final in history to move into his 11th Grand Slam title match. (Also read: Marathon man Djokovic relishes major drama)

In a titanic struggle played out over four hours and 43 minutes, world number one Djokovic squandered two match points in the fourth set tiebreak before going on to seal a final clash against either British second seed Andy Murray, the runner-up last year, or 24th seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz.

The top-seeded Serb, bidding for a seventh Grand Slam crown, fired 22 aces and 80 winners against the luckless Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion.

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