Despite the raw physical power of Juan Martin del Potro, the lanky Argentine entered his semi final against Novak Djokovic at a heavy disadvantage with serious knee injury which hampered his movement. In a way it was one leg against two and the outcome was almost certain but the way it played out was incredible.
There seemed to be no way Novak was going to let the opportunity of a second Wimbledon final go without a battle to the death.
As it turns out Juan Martin del Potro was more than happy to battle to the death despite his knee injury.
Four hours and 42 minutes later on a sunny warm London day Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.
When Novak broke to lead 4-3 in the fourth set Del Potro looked incredibly weary but somehow found enough to immediately break back to level the score.
There is no other way to describe some of the forehands JMDP hit than slaps. They were fierce, loaded with power and so flat Novak could only watch them go by.
After almost four hours and some poor mid point challenges by both in the tiebreak Novak stood with two match points, one on serve… and then Juan Martin showed Nole and the world how big his heart is.
Novak failed to convert a break point in the sixth game (making 2 out of 13 chances to that point) much to his frustration as he tried to flatted his shots to force the wounded Del Potro into a deeper squat.
Again in the eighth game Novak had two break points as JMDP’s knee seemed to struggle to keep him moving at times. After defending one point and setting up a brilliant point the Argentine sent a forehand long that allowed Novak to serve for his place in the final.
Fending off a late charge from his opponent Novak got across the line and booked a place in the final and a chance to win his second Grand Slam of the year.