Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 in 4 hours 43 minutes
6’2” Djokovic out-served the 6’6” Del Potro – 22 aces to 4, 83% first serve points won to 72%, holding 26 of 28 service games saving 5 of the 7 break points he faced. Del Potro was the more aggressive returner of serve, especially returning 2nd serves where he won 61% when Djokovic had to hit a 2nd ball.
Djokovic used his amazing balance – in both movement and shot making to pull out this epic battle. Djokovic hit 80 total winners from all over the court – 25 aces and service winners – 21 volleys and smashes – 18 forehands and 16 backhands from the ground. It was his ability to produce winning shots from every part of the court that ultimately wore down his incredibly game opponent.
In the final set it came down to just a couple of key points – break chances for each man – and it was Djokovic who was able to come through. He fought off two break points with 124 mph 1st serves out wide to Del Potro’s backhand, and capitalized on his 3rd break chance of the set when Del Potro missed his 1st serve and Djokovic won the ensuing rally.
Andy Murray defeated Jerzy Janowicz 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 hours 52 minutes
Andy Murray advanced to his second consecutive Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Final by withstanding the awesome and somewhat out of control power of his 6’8” opponent. For the match Janowicz had 43 unforced errors to just 15 from Murray.
Murray also showed that accuracy was more than a match for power by hitting 20 aces to 9 for Janowicz. In fact Janowicz hit the fastest serve of the Championships – 143 mph – only to lose the point when Murray blocked it back and Janowicz responded by missing an easy forehand approach.
Murray was rarely pressured on serve – he saved 6 of the 7 break points he faced – and he won 71% of his 2nd serve points for the match even though he averaged just 84 mph on 2nd serve. On many of those points Murray just kept the ball in play and gave Janowicz lots of opportunities to make mistakes. Janowicz did, and Murray’s in the final.