Novak Djokovic, the top seed in the Wimbledon men’s draw, advanced to Sunday’s singles final in a record-setting 4 hours, 43 minutes. The longest semifinal in tournament history, his five-set match fell only five minutes shy of the time set in a marathon 2008 five-set final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic beat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3. Djokovic, who will be appearing in his 11th grand slam final, was quoted by the AP after the match:
One of the best matches I’ve been a part of. One of the most exciting definitely. It was so close. You couldn’t separate us. Exciting.
He now waits to see if his opponent will be crowd favorite Andy Murray, the No. 2 seed. Murray, hoping to be the first male British player to raise the Wimbledon trophy since Fred Perry in 1936, is playing No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz for a spot in the final.
Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli play in the women’s final on Saturday.