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Djokovic beats del Potro in five sets, advances to Wimbledon finals

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Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro had 64 rallies of over nine shots in the five-set match.

LONDON (AP) -- Novak Djokovic advanced to the Wimbledon final with a five-set victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Friday, a 4-hour, 43-minute match that was the longest semifinal in the tournament's history.

Djokovic won 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (8), 6-3 to reach his 11th Grand Slam final. He is one victory away from his seventh major title.

On Sunday, he'll play No. 2 Andy Murray of Britain.

Del Potro saved two match points in fourth-set tiebreaker. After he won it 8-6, the match hit the 4-hour mark. The previous longest semifinal was 4 hours, 1 minute - between Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl in 1989.

Djokovic finished with 80 winners and 22 aces.

Trying to become Britain's first male champion at Wimbledon since 1936, Andy Murray reached the final for the second consecutive year, beating 24th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 Friday in a match that concluded under the Centre Court roof.

After dropping the first set, Murray trailed 4-1 in the third against the big-serving Janowicz before taking five games in a row. When the third set ended, after 8:30 p.m., Murray complained about the decision to shut the retractable roof because of approaching darkness. Action resumed after a half-hour delay, and Murray quickly broke for a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

The second-seeded Murray faces Djokovic in Sunday's final. A year ago, Murray was the runner-up to Roger Federer.

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