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Saturday 20 December 2014

Novak Djokovic through to Wimbledon final after beating Del Potro

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates a point in his match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates a point in his match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton watches the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Prince Andrew, Duke of York sits next to AELTC Chairman Philip Brook during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina plays a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Amir Khan watches the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Anna Wintour watches the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Jude Law watches the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Mark Woodforde watches the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic edged through to his second Wimbledon final after overcoming Juan Martin del Potro in the longest semi-final in All England Club history.

Champion two years ago, the world number one required four hours and 44 minutes to take an enthralling Centre Court battle with the towering Argentinian.

Djokovic won 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 and now Andy Murray or Jerzy Janowicz stand in the way of a seventh grand slam title.

Nobody inside Centre Court could quite believe the match had reached a deciding set, which yet again began with both players holding serve.

The Serbian top seed had to dig deep in the fifth game to deny Del Potro, who was receiving attention during the breaks.

The Argentinian saved a break point in the following game, with some sloppy play from the world number one helping.

There were some astonishing rallies but Del Potro was visibly tiring and allowed Djokovic two break points, the Serbian converting the second for 5-3.

It allowed the top seed to serve for the match and, having saved a break point, he secured his place in the final, winning through in four hours and 44 minutes.

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