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Djokovic Fights off del Potro to Reach WImbledon Final

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You probably won’t see a better semifinal at Wimbledon than the one today between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.

Both men fought off crucial points.  Both fought back to hold serve. And, finally in the fifth set, Djokovic got the service break in game eight and defeated the 8th seeeded del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 in a match that lasted nearly five hours.

It was the longest gentlemen’s semifinal in Wimbledon history.

Djokovic will now face the winner of the match between Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz and crowd favorite Andy Murray of Britain.

del Potro fought off two match points during the fourth set tiebreaker with precision shots to tally four straight points to win the fourth set 7-6 (8-6), setting the stage for a fifth set.  He fought off five break points in the set.

But the top seeded Djokovic finally got the service break.  del Potro fought off one break point, but hit a shot long on the next point.The Serbian then served out the match, although he had to fight back from 0-30 and save a break point.

After Djokovic hit a forehand winner on the final point, the two men embraced at Centre Court.  The two men walked off together.

Djokovic is now 4-1 in fifth set matches at Wimbledon.  This was del Potro’s first five set match at the All-England club.

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