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Wimbledon 2013: Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin del Potro - LIVE!

By Jack de Menezes

by Jack de Menezes on Jul 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Wimbledon semi-finals, starting with Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin del Potro.

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  • Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin del Potro Final Score: 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
    • Djokovic wins a five-set thriller to progress to Sunday's final
    • Andy Murray v Jerzy Janowicz next on Centre Court 
    • * denotes who is currently serving
    7/5/2013 4:58:41 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 2-2 del Potro:
    We get a few long rallies, but del Potro takes the game comfortably to love with a sublime final shot down the line. Djokovic didn't have a clue on that last shot, and he just looked a little puzzled at the end of that game.
    7/5/2013 2:08:06 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 3-2 del Potro*:
    Del Potro is controlling the match in this third set, and he's out to 0-30. Djokovic uses his serve to get back level, and he fires off an ace at a crucial time of the game. Talk about crucial, del Potro's return just falls on Djokovic's side after hitting the net for deuce, and the Serb hits the net for a del Potro break-point. It's saved though, and Djokovic holds serve. Another momentum shift? We'll find out.
    7/5/2013 2:13:53 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 3-3 del Potro:
    A chance for Djokovic here as he battles to 30-30 when del Potro hits into the net twice. Del Potro challenges when his serve is called out, but the call stands and del Potro releases his aggression in the following point with a flurry of powerful shots, finishing with an exquisite forehand across court. But Djokovic pulls back to deuce only to see a couple of errors hand the game to del Potro, though it was a magnificent end to the game with a lengthy rally.
    7/5/2013 2:21:28 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 4-3 del Potro*:
    Brilliance this time from Djokovic, and you won't see many straighter shots than that, just evading del Potro. Djokovic finds the net though with an unusual shot and it's two break-points...and it looks on, but no! Del Potro just hits the net, and he jogs over to pick up the ball and show it how to get over next time. Great comedy value here at Wimbledon as well it seems, but the second break-point is saved when del Potro hits long. The Serb thinks he's got an ace, and he challenges but it's out, and del Potro makes him pay smashing a winner down the line. Some fabulous play from both of them sees Djokovic just hold on, but my word that was an enthralling game.
    7/5/2013 2:30:24 PM
  • After a slightly slow start, this match is transforming into an epic. If feels like it's been five sets already, and we're midway though the third!
    7/5/2013 2:32:20 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 4-4 del Potro:
    It's another hold of serve for del Potro, and he's certainly got the crowd behind him. Djokovic needs to find something else if he wants to break del Potro, as it doesn't look like happening anytime soon.
    7/5/2013 2:37:08 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 5-4 del Potro*:
    That's better from Djokovic, as he leaps across court to volley a winner for 30-30 when del Potro looked on the up. The standard of tennis in this set has been sublime so far, and Djokovic holds serve to ensure del Potro will need to hold to stay in the set.
    7/5/2013 2:39:19 PM
  • Who's your money on???

    7/5/2013 2:42:29 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 5-5 del Potro:
    Here's a chance for Djokovic as he moves 0-30 up, but del Potro has pulled out a forehand from the gods to claw back to 30-30. Djokovic eventually returns long and del Potro, but I'm almost speechless at what we're seeing here. An outstanding match so far.
    7/5/2013 2:44:44 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-5 del Potro*:
    "COME ON DEL BOY!" Best shout of the day so far goes to that man, but Djokovic responds with an ace and finishes the game with an overhead volley. Pressure is back on del Potro to stay in the set now. 
    7/5/2013 2:47:38 PM
  • This is a live highlights show!
    Boris Becker has hit the nail on the head with that one. Fantastic tennis so far.
    7/5/2013 2:49:13 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-6 del Potro:
    Another chance for the number one as two del Potro errors let him escape to 0-30. Is he running out of gas? He very well might be, as Djokovic drills one home for three set-points. Has he got it?! NO! it's just long, by the smallest of margins. Still two set-points, and a volley-off sees del Potro save a second. Del Potro goes down the line...and it's good! He saves all three set-points, and Djokovic makes two errors two concede the game. A fantastic save, and we go to a tiebreak. 
    7/5/2013 2:54:08 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 del Potro: Tiebreak
    The two trade early blows, with Djokovic breaking out the serve-and-volley for the first time. Suddenly Djokivic is down, but del Potro wastes the chance by volleying into the net. Amazing, and that could be a crucial mistake for the Argentinian. Del Potro sends another into the net, and Djokovic has four set-points. He needs just one though as the Serb takes the third set!
    7/5/2013 3:00:16 PM
  • It's no exaggeration when I saw that was one of the best sets of tennis I have seen, with the standard from both players of the highest quality. Djokovic just takes it, but either one of them deserved it. It's now up to del Potro, with the crowd firmly behind him, to respond and force a fifth-set decider. Can he do it? Let's find out.
    7/5/2013 3:02:38 PM
  • It's not over just yet guys!


    7/5/2013 3:03:44 PM
  • Del Potro gives the ball as much help as it needs to get over the net.

    7/5/2013 3:05:31 PM
  • After a prolonged break waiting for Djokovic to return onto court - he comes back on with a bag, did he nip down to the newly renamed Murrisons? - we're ready to start the fourth set.

    7/5/2013 3:07:41 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 0-1 del Potro:
    Did you not want a break guys? The fourth set carries on where the third left off, with four brilliant points taking us to 30-30. Two rallies later and we're at deuce, but del Potro holds serve as we cross the three hour mark.
    7/5/2013 3:11:54 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 1-1 del Potro*:
    Del Potro does well to fight back to 40-30 having been 40-0 down, but a brilliant lob from Djokovic is just too high for del Potro as he can't jump high enough to get enough on the shot and see it over the net, despite being well over 6ft!
    7/5/2013 3:17:14 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 1-2 del Potro:
    The Argentine looks to be be on an easy game, racing to 40-0 without doing much, but errors start to creep into his game and Djokovic battles back to add the pressure. Nevertheless, del Potro holds serve when Djokovic finds the net.
    7/5/2013 3:18:53 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 2-2 del Potro*:
    Djokovic takes the game and in the context of the match so far, things have eased off slightly. Both seem to be catching their breathe a little, and it's no surprise either.
    7/5/2013 3:23:01 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 2-3 del Potro:
    Again, it likes like a simple hold of serve for del Potro as he cruises to 40-0, but Djokovic starts to claw his way back into the game and in no time it's 40-30 again. Del Potro holds on though when Djokovic slips trying his hardest to chase across court.
    7/5/2013 3:26:24 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 3-3 del Potro*:
    The Serbian goes for an early challenge on his first serve as it's called out -and rightly so - and del potro claims the ensuing point hitting home a powerful winner. Brilliant! Del Potro chases behind the chairs to return, and it's in until the umpire overrules. The two players see the funny side of it, stopping for a chat as del Potro unzips Djokovic's shirt. The Serbian recovers from his enforced clothes malfunction to serve out the game.
    7/5/2013 3:31:29 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 4-3 del Potro:
    Del Potro starts with an unwelcome double-fault, but Djokovic lets out an almighty cry when he makes a mistake. The pressure is on though and del Potro just cracks a little when he hits the net, handing Djokovic two break-points. He serves the first with a tremendous rally that finishes with a delicate chip, but the second is successful when del Potro hits the net and the World No 1 has broken serve.
    7/5/2013 3:36:07 PM
  • Cam is one of many who can't take his eyes off the court...

    7/5/2013 3:37:44 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 4-4 del Potro*:
    Del Potro is trying his hardest though, and he forces Djokovic wide whose resulting shot down the line goes wide, just. Another brilliant shot from del Potre, and he has a break-point out of nowhere...and his relentless attack sees him break Djokovic. Fantastic stuff from the Argie!
    7/5/2013 3:41:05 PM
  • Del Potro is certainly gaining a few British admirers here...






    7/5/2013 3:42:25 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 4-5 del Potro:
    He just doesn't know when to lie done, and del Potro holds serve again as he battles back from 15-30. He lets out a roar of "COME ONNN" as he secures the game. Where is he getting this from? Either way, it's fantastic.
    7/5/2013 3:45:14 PM
  • Del Potro breaks Djokovic's...zip

    7/5/2013 3:47:08 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 5-5 del Potro*:
    Del Potro goes for it again, and he thinks he's got it, but to his and the crowds disappointment its out. He then fires another forehand to the baseline and it's called out - he chooses not to challenge, but he should have as it was in! Djokovic holds his serve.
    7/5/2013 3:52:17 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 5-6 del Potro:
    The Argentinian powers through his game winning it to love, and it's Djokovic to serve to stay in the set and force another tiebreak.
    7/5/2013 3:53:28 PM
  • Maybe Novak should focus on his racket skills rather than showing off?

    7/5/2013 3:54:02 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-6 del Potro:
    It's that forehand again, and Djokovic has no answer for a 113 mph winner from del Potro. He does have an ace up his sleeve though - literally - to go to 40-15, and a second one sends us to another tiebreak.
    7/5/2013 3:56:03 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 0-0 del Potro: Tiebreak
    Djokovic takes a point early on del Potro's serve, and he then astonishingly challenges a call when Djokovic is out of the game. The call was good, and del Potro has a sit down more in disbelief that he challenged it. He fights back, and claims a point on Djokovic's serve. Now its Djokovic that stops mid-point to challenge, and he's wrong too! He returns with an ace and it's 4-2 Djokovic. But del Potro breaks again, and he sends Djokovic crashing to the floor as he attempts to change direction. 4-4....
    7/5/2013 4:07:59 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 del Potro: Tiebreak
    Djokovic breaks again though, and he now has two match-points...and he saves the first as Djokovic lobs long. "VAMOS!" he cries, and another smahing forhand saves the second. 6-6. And now del Potro breaks Djokovic, set-point to the Argentine...and HE'S GOT IT! DEL POTRO WINS THE FOURTH SET!

    7/5/2013 4:09:39 PM
  • Magnificent stuff from del Potro, and Djokovic can't believe the game is level again. This never-say-die attitude from the world No 8 is winning him a whole host of admirers, and to say he is pumped is a massive understatement. Past the four hour mark and into the fifth set we go, and we've still got another game to go after this!
    7/5/2013 4:11:47 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 1-0 del Potro*:
    Djokovic rattles off the opening game of the fifth and final set, and he looks as composed as ever. The crowd appear to be stunned at what they're seeing, and to be honest, so am I.
    7/5/2013 4:15:07 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 1-1 del Potro:
    Both men pull out the drop-shot, and it's del Potro's that earns the point to take him to 40-0. He's had some difficulty at this score, and again Djokovic wins the next point due to an error. Djokovic wins the following point, and suddenly it's deuce. Has that last set taken everything out of the Argentinian? How foolish of me even to question him, as he drills home a volley to hold serve.
    7/5/2013 4:19:19 PM
  • Who would've thought 4 hours and 19 minutes ago when this match started, it would've been a classic?
    Boris Becker certainly approves of the match, and rightly so.
    7/5/2013 4:20:28 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 2-1 del Potro*:
    Djokovic the aggressor turns-up and really attacks del Potro on his serve as he holds. Del Potro calls for the trainer, and he receives attention on his shoulder, his knee and a couple more painkillers. In the whole context of things, this has been a remarkable performance from him.
    7/5/2013 4:22:41 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 2-2 del Potro:
    And don't count him out, as del Potro charges forwards to volley past Djokovic, who finds the net on his next point. Del Potro finishes with an ace and it's all-square.
    7/5/2013 4:24:59 PM
  • You're telling me...
    And it's good to see Anglo-Argentinian relations looking stronger than ever...





    7/5/2013 4:27:44 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 3-2 del Potro*:
    Djokovic looks on in horro as he doesn't lift a lob high enough, and del Potro fires it home for 40-30. A beast of a return brings up deuce and it really was a stunning shot down down the line. Djokovic misses and it's break-point del Potro...but he calmly deals with it to return to deuce. An ace for the Serb, but he backs it up with a double-fault. Very uncharacteristic of Djokovic. He wins the game though with another big serve.
    7/5/2013 4:32:27 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 3-3 del Potro:
    Magnificent, and Djokovic rages as he can't believe del Potro reaches another one to hit into a clear court. But del Potro then misses and it's break-point Djokovic...but the chance goes begging as he returns into the net. Djokovic then goes for the drop-shot, but it's too short, and he hits into the net again for del Potro to hold serve. Djokovic has taken just two out of 13 break-points in this match.
    7/5/2013 4:39:37 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 4-3 del Potro*:
    Djokovic misses another drop-shot, but recovers with another ace - his 22nd of the match. Del Potro challenges a call of out, and it's good! They replay the point, but del Potro returns long. Another shot into the net and Djokovic takes the game.

    7/5/2013 4:42:41 PM
  • Djokovic can't believe he let the fourth set slip away from him

    7/5/2013 4:44:34 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 5-3 del Potro:
    Yet another amazing point. Djokovic draws in del Potro, who gets to the ball with just enough space between the ball and the ground for his racket to return it, only to see the ball go back over his head. Djokovic has two break-points...and he wastes the first when he hits long. Second break-point...and it's an error from del Potro that gives DJOKOVIC A BREAK OF SERVE!
    7/5/2013 4:48:35 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 7-6 6-7 6-3 del Potro:
    Two wide shots from Djokovic puts del Potro 0-30 up, and the crowd try to lift the Argentine. Djokovic pulls one back with a jumping volley, and del Potro returns into the net with a tired-looking shot for 30-30. Djokovic's shot clips the net, but del Potro is there to drill is home for a break-point. Surely not again...no, Djokovic pulls level to deuce. Del Potro returns long, and it's match-point to Djokovic...AND IT'S A BEAUTY! Djokovic smashes a shot down the line a WINS AN ABSOLUTE THRILLER!
    7/5/2013 4:55:53 PM
  • What a match! Some thought that Djokovic wouldn't have it easy, but no one will have predicted that. One of the best matches in recent history - and the longest ever WImbledon semi-final - comes to an end with 2011 champion Novak Djokovic reaching Sunday's final. Juan Martin del Potro built up a tremendous fight, and on another day he would have won this match, but Djokovic had just enough in the tank.
    7/5/2013 4:58:04 PM
  • Right, quick turnaround as we have a second semi-final to get through. I bet you'd all forgotten! Andy Murray faces Jerzy Janowicz on Centre Court, and we'll be bringing you live updates till the very end. To follow all the latest, head over to the seperete page. I'm having a very short timeout, and I'll see you there for the start of the next semi-final. Click HERE for full coverage of Andy Murray v Jerzy Janowicz
    7/5/2013 5:01:29 PM
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