Not only did the match go the distance, but it had, most importantly, quality tennis throughout. Djokovic, a former Wimbledon champion and current world No. 1, would survive after nearly five hours, but del Potro gave him everything he could handle, including a booming forehand that consistently clocked in at more than 100 mph.
In the day's second semifinal, second-seeded Andy Murray battled back from another early hole to win in four sets, setting up a Murray-Djokovic final for the third time in the past four Grand Slam tournaments, via Wimbledon Twitter feed:
Here, we'll get you caught up on Friday's men's semifinal action at the All England Club.
Day 11 Scores
|Men's Singles Semifinals||Score|
|Novak Djokovic (1) defeats Juan Martin del Potro (8)||7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (6-8), 6-3|
|Andy Murray (2) defeats Jerzy Janowicz (24)||6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3|
Novak Djokovic Survives Juan Martin del Potro in Five-Set Epic
In what was the longest semifinals match in Wimbledon history, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro went back and forth for five sets before the world No. 1 took control down the stretch, outlasting Delpo to advance to the Wimbledon final for the second time in his career, via Wimbledon Twitter feed:
Neither player was willing to give an inch in the opening set, as the two held serve through the first 11 games before Djokovic won a key break in the 12th game to win the frame, 7-5.
In the second set, Delpo would win a critical break point, stealing the always important seventh game to take a 4-3 lead in the set, via Wimbledon Twitter account:
Del Potro would hold serve the rest of the way, taking the set, 6-4, to level the match.
In the tiebreak, Djokovic quickly took control as he won a key point to pull ahead, 4-2. He wouldn't look back, winning the next three points to take a two-sets-to-one lead.
The fourth set was nearly a repeat of the third set, but this time, each player managed to break the other just once. And this time, Delpo was the one who made the big shots in the tiebreak, saving two match points to level it before winning, 8-6, to force a fifth and final set, via Wimbledon Twitter feed:
Although Djokovic had missed several opportunities to win in the fourth set, it was del Potro who looked as if he'd run out of gas down the stretch, being broken late to fall into a 5-3 hole. Djokovic would serve out the match to secure a berth in Sunday's final.
Both players had nothing but respect for one another following the match, via Wimbledon on Twitter:
Djokovic will advance to the Wimbledon final for just the second time in his career. He won his last trip to the final in 2011.
Andy Murray Takes out Jerzy Janowicz to Reach Men's Final
Just as he did in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Andy Murray battled back to win Friday, taking out 24th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz in four sets after falling behind early to advance to the men's final this weekend, via Wimbledon Twitter feed:
Both players held serve through the opening set, setting the stage for a tiebreak. Surprisingly, it was the inexperienced Janowicz taking control of the session, winning, 7-2, after Murray double-faulted to hand him the first set, via Wimbledon on Twitter:
Murray would bounce back in the second set, however, taking advantage of 15 unforced errors from his opponent to break once and win the frame, 6-4.
The third set would feature an incredible shift in momentum. Janowicz would break Murray early to take a 4-1 lead, only to see the Briton come storming back to win the final five games, taking the set, 6-4.
At one point in Murray's furious third-set comeback, he won 10 consecutive points.
Although the officials' decision to pause the match and close the roof angered Murray, you wouldn't know by his play to start the third set. Murray came out strong, breaking Janowicz in the third game and holding serve to go up 3-1.
Janowicz would never recover, failing to break Murray back and going on to lose the set, 6-3.
Although Janowicz was known as the better server coming in, Murray would finish the match with more than twice as many aces as the 6'8" Pole.
Murray will battle Djokovic in the men's final Sunday. Djokovic leads the head-to-head, 11-7 and 3-1 at Grand Slam events. But Murray won their only grass-court meeting at Wimbledon in the Olympics last summer.