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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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  • History suggests del Potro is up against it when he faces Djokovic today, writes Steve Tongue.

    A list of head-to-head results against Novak Djokovic does not make good reading for many players. In the case of semi-final opponent Juan Martin del Potro, the score is a stark 3-8, and one of Del Potro's three successes was on a retirement.
    To read more on the task that del Potro faces today, click HERE.
    7/5/2013 11:33:34 AM
  • Having ruled the tennis world for some time now, James Lawton looks at whether Djokovic can continue to improve.
    They were just a little chilling in the reach of their ambition and they followed hard on the kind of crisis management that separates not only great players from the merely good but also those who believe they are born to rule the world in one way or another.
    To read more about Djokivic and what he had to say before the game, click HERE.
    7/5/2013 11:35:03 AM
  • Hello and welcome to our coverage of today's semi-final matches at WImbledon. I'm Jack de Menezes and I'll be bringing you game-by-game updates from both matches, starting with Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin del Potro. WIth just over 20 minutes to go until we start, take a look at the stories below to see the task that del Potro faces, and how Djokovic can continue to improve despite his No 1 ranking.
    7/5/2013 11:41:48 AM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 3-5 del Potro:
    Del Potro is on the gas here, having won 10 points in a row. Djokovic finally wins one, and de Potro looks unhappy that the shot isn't called out. It's got to him, and he double-faults to let Djokovic back to deuce after bein 40-0 up. A wild shot that land about 10-feet wide hands the Serb the advantage for a break-point, but del Potro saves it, and he holds what could be a crucial game. It's now Djokovic to serve to stay in the set.
    7/5/2013 1:46:37 PM
  • A few del Potro fans out there it seems...



    7/5/2013 1:47:45 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-5 del Potro*:
    Djokovic rattles though the game to love to make sure that if del Potro is going the level the sets, he will have to hold serve for it.
    7/5/2013 1:48:41 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 del Potro:
    Beautiful from del Potro, as he charges to the net before disguising a lovely dink over. Three set-points, but again he just needs one as Djokovic cannot return his serve, and del potro wins the second set!
    7/5/2013 1:51:31 PM
  • You have to feel that the game is better for del Potro winning that set and leveling the score. It should draw some better play from Djokovic, who looked a little frustrated through the end of that set. It's anyone's game now, but del Potro looks to be running on his energy reserves despite drawing level.
    7/5/2013 1:53:56 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 1-0 del Potro*:
    That'll be a relief for Djokovic to get an early game away, and he just upped the pace a little bit in that game. He'll want an early break just to reassert his authority on the game, so it's an important service game coming up for del Potro.
    7/5/2013 1:57:18 PM
  • *Djokovic 7-5 4-6 1-1 del Potro:
    As predicted, Djokovic is going for it in this game, and a del Potro error moves the score to 15-30. But and unforced error from Djokovic is followed by an unreturned serve, and del Potro holds the game much to the annoyance of the Serbian. 
    7/5/2013 2:00:02 PM
  • Djokovic 7-5 4-6 2-1 del Potro*:
    Djokovic holds serve as he is quick to 40-0, but del Potro again challenged him to get back to 40-30 before just missing. It's far from simple for the world number one, and he'll be a little concerned with the momentum behind the Argentinian at the moment.
    7/5/2013 2:04:25 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
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