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Longest Semifinal Goes Djokovic's Way

Anja Niedringhaus/AP

In a semifinal match that will be remembered for the valor of both players and the astonishingly high quality of tennis over a record 4 hours 43 minutes, top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia held off an injured but persistent Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina to win a place in Sunday’s final.

Djokovic’s 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory on Center Court was great theater and great tennis. It was the first time either man had dropped a set in the tournament and it featured an incredible variety of twists and...

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