Novak Djokovic won yet another epic 5-set match this one coming today in the semifinals of Wimbledon where he beat Juan Martin Del Potro 75, 46, 76, 67, 63 in a 4 hour, 43 minute thriller.
“I’ve had some epic matches in my career and some long five setters,” explained Djokovic after winning the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history. “But I have the experience of playing a long matches, and I know that I have been pushed to the limit today, as my opponent was also. It was one of the most thrilling matches that I have ever played, especially here in Wimbledon.
“It was a very high quality tennis from the first to the last point. There’s not many unforced errors. I think there was a lot of, lot of winners. So both of us, we tried to dictate the play. I did have opportunities in the fourth set when I was a break up and match points in tiebreaker to end out the match earlier.”
After a very tight third set, Djokovic was ahead by a break in the fourth set, but the World No. 1 couldn’t maintain the lead. In eventual tiebreaker Djokovic held two match points at 6-4 but again Del Potro wouldn’t relent.
Finally in the fifth set after dodging break points himself, Djokovic broke then served out the match to reach his 11th career Grand Slam final.
“I know that when we get to the fifth set,” said Djokovic who hit a career-best 22 aces. “When I play a top player at the later stages of a major event especially, this is where your physical strength but also mental ability to stay tough can, you know, decide the winner of that match.
“I was disappointed that I didn’t finish the match before in fourth set. But knowing that I have a chance, more chance of staying longer in the rally with him, and just as the match goes on I felt like physically I’m fit and, you know, I can go a long way. So that’s something that gave me that mental, probably, advantage. In the end I managed to prevail.”
Djokovic advances to his second Wimbledon final as he bids for a seventh Grand Slam title. And he’ll have the chance Sunday to virtually match current No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the 2013 ATP points race.
The Serb has played several unbelievable epic matches in Grand Slams in recent years including marathons against Stanislas Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal at the Australian, Nadal again recently at the French and Andy Murray and Roger Federer at the US Open.
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