Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(LONDON) — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic outlasted eighth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 to advance to the men’s final at Wimbledon.
The match took four hours, 43 minutes setting the Wimbledon record for longest semifinal match.
“One of the best matches I’ve been a part of,” Djokovic said. “One of the most exciting definitely. It was so close…You couldn’t separate us.
Del Potro, who hadn’t been in a Grand Slam semifinal since winning the US Open in 2009, saved two match points in the fourth-set tie-breaker, then won the last four points to win.
“I think I play really good tennis during four hours and a half. He plays better because he won the match but it was a really high level match during four hours,” Del Potro said. “He hit so hard the ball. I think it was unbelievable to watch but, of course, I’m sad because I lost and I was close to the final.”
Djokovic will attempt to win his second Wimbledon title Sunday when he takes on the United Kingdom’s Andy Murray.