A Wimbledon semis for the ages

Novak Djokovic did just enough to edge out Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5 4-6 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-3 in a titanic Wimbledon semi-final.

The top seed needed all his skill and fighting spirit to tame the eighth-seeded Del Potro kept the world number one on court for four hours 43 minutes, the longest semi-final ever seen at Wimbledon.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia pours water over his head during a break in the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia pours water over his head during a break in the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro gestures during his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Tennis - 2013 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro gestures during his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina stretches to play a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina stretches to play a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro plays a shot through his legs during his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Tennis - 2013 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro plays a shot through his legs during his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro wipes his face in his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Tennis - 2013 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro wipes his face in his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro sits near the score board in his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Tennis - 2013 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro sits near the score board in his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia applauds Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina as he waves to the crowd before leaving Centre Court after the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia applauds Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina as he waves to the crowd before leaving Centre Court after the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina leave Centre Court after their Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina leave Centre Court after their Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Tennis - 2013 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks on during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks on during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to the crowd as he leaves Centre Court following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Eleven
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to the crowd as he leaves Centre Court following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Tennis - 2013 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro waves to the crowd after losing to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Tennis - 2013 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro waves to the crowd after losing to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (top) in action with Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro after his win during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Tennis - 2013 Wimbledon Championships - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (top) in action with Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro after his win during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

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