World no.1 Novak Djokovic booked his place in the Wimbledon 2013 final after defeating Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in a five set thriller, eventually prevailing 7-5 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-7 (6) 6-3 after an amazing 4 hours and 44 minutes.
This became the longest Wimbledon semi-final match in history, overtaking the 1989 semis between Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl, when the German emerged victorious.
Both players produced some breathtaking ground strokes that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, with Del Potro saving two matchpoints in the fourth set ‘breaker’ and forcing a decider to the cheers of the spectators. However, Nole once again showed his increadible fighting spirit and after breaking the Argentine in the 8th game of the fifth set, he made sure this chance wouldn’t slip him away as he served out the match, raising his fist to the skies.
In a closely fought opening set, the Serb converted his first break ball in the twelfth game to grab the set just before it would go to a tie-break. He wasted four break points in the sixth game of the set two which came back to haunt him straight away as he was broken to love in the following game – Delpo managed to serve the set out to square thing up.
Both players saved three break point opportunities in the third set the outcome of which would ultimately be decided in a tie-break – Nole dominated the thirteenth game and restored his one set lead smoothly. Del Potro was hanging by a thread in the set four as he suffered a loss of serve in the seventh game, yet his rival could not consolidate the break and we were in for another ‘breaker’. Djokovic was one step ahead of the opponent for the majority of the tie-break and created a couple of match points, but Del Potro was not ready to leave the tournament just yet – he averted them both and made it two sets a piece some moments later.
The decider had a dramatic end as well with the top seed clinching a break to move 5-3 ahead and wrapping the proceedings up after denying Del Potro to break back. Djokovic took this one with 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 after almost five hours of play, hitting 22 aces (Del Potro 4) and scoring 80 winners compared to the Argentine’s 48.